'Rockefeller' Considers Plea

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2009 4:45 PM CST
Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, right, who calls himself Clark Rockefeller, speaks with his attorney Jeffrey Denner.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The bizarre case of “Clark Rockefeller,” nee Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, may soon come to a close, the Boston Globe reports. The conman, awaiting trial for kidnapping, fraud, and assault, has been offered a deal consisting of 5 years' jail time and 15 years' probation. He must decide by February 11. “We are fully prepared to bring him to trial,” a DA spokesman said.

The charges against Gerhartsreiter stem from the July kidnapping of his daughter while on a supervised visit in Boston. The German, who had been masquerading as a well-to-do American for decades, then absconded with his child to Baltimore, where he was arrested. When the case became public, his story began to unravel.