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Man Who Posed As Polly Klaas’ Kidnapper Sentenced to Jail

February 22, 1994

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) _ A man who tried to cash in on the kidnapping of Polly Klaas by pretending to be her abductor was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail.

James Arthur Heard Jr. pleaded guilty to posing as a kidnapper to obtain an award, said Sonoma County Court Clerk Karen Olson.

Heard was arrested Oct. 19 after telling authorities by telephone that he had Polly and wanted a $10,000 reward. After officers arrested Heard, 20, they said he was unconnected to the abduction of the 12-year-old from Petaluma.

Besides jail, Superior Court Judge Bryan Jamar sentenced Heard to 100 hours of volunteer work.

Polly Klaas was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom in Petaluma on Oct. 1. Two months later, Richard Allen Davis, a paroled felon, was arrested and faces trial in the girl’s kidnapping and slaying.


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