The Cleveland man convicted of kidnapping his son in 2002 was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday.

Bobby Hernandez took his son from his mother’s home in Alabama when he was five-years-old and moved him to Cleveland.

“I don’t know why you did it. This is a horrible thing to do to a mother or any parent,” said  Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams.

Hernandez, 53, plead guilty last month to several counts of kidnapping, tampering with records, interference with custody and forgery. All counts, except the forgery, are felonies.

Judge Collier-Williams sentenced him to 40-and-a-half years total, but ordered the sentences to be served concurrently, meaning he will be behind bars for the next 48 months.

Julian, now 19, found out he had a fake identity when he began applying to colleges in 2015.

Both Julian and his mother, who were in court for Wednesday’s sentencing, asked not to be shown on television. Judge Collier-Williams granted their request and extended it to immediate family members as well.

All Julian knew was that his mother and father had broken up. He said he was told his mother loved someone else.

“Yes, growing up without my mother was painful at times. Taking my father away from me now just increases the pain from that,” said Julian in court. “I can’t imagine going on in my life without his support.”



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