Sandra Grazzini-Rucki Sentenced After Hiding Teen Daughters For Two Years

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki
Sandra Grazzini-Rucki (Photo: Dakota County Sheriff's Office)

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, the woman who hid her two teenage daughters for more than two and a half years, was sentenced to 250 days in jail and six years probation. A jury convicted her of deprivation of parental rights in July.

Grazzini-Rucki, 50, was ordered by a judge to serve the rest of her jail sentence in 15-day increments for the next six years while she was on probation. The sentence is set to begin on Nov. 18, the day law enforcement found her two daughters.

At the Sept. 21 hearing, she was ordered to pay two $944 fines along with $10,000 in restitution to the Minnesota Crime Victims’ Reparations Board. Grazzini-Rucki will also be responsible for paying any future counseling expenses which may be incurred by the victims.

David Rucki, the children’s father, agreed to the jail time in the original sentence. He feels it held Grazzini-Rucki accountable.

This bizarre story began on April 19, 2013, after Grazzini-Rucki picked up her daughters Samantha and Gianna Rucki after they ran barefoot from their home in the snow. She left them two days later with strangers at the White Horse Ranse in Herman, Minnesota, promising to return in about three days.

Unfortunately, she never returned for them. The girls were discovered two and half years later after law enforcement executed a search warrant at the ranch on Nov. 18, 2015.

While his children were missing, David Rucki did everything a normal parent would do: worry, searched and worked with police to find his daughters.

In court, Rucki told his children: “You are the reason I made it through this. You are the light at the end of every day. You are my strength, my joy, my life. I would do this again a hundred times if I had to because it would mean in the end I would have you, all five of you.”

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Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott is a new resident of Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.