'Rockefeller' Rejects Kidnap Plea Deal

The man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller has rejected a plea deal and will go to trial on charges he kidnapped his 7-year-old daughter.

Rockefeller's lawyer, Jeffrey Denner, said Tuesday the sides could not reach an agreement after extended negotiations.

The disappearance of Rockefeller and his little girl unraveled a life full of multiple fake identities.

Rockefeller is really Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who moved to the U.S. from Germany decades ago.

He is accused of kidnapping his daughter during a supervised visit in Boston last summer. He was captured about a week later in Baltimore, and the girl was found safe.

Prosecutors said they would have recommended a 4 1/2 to 5 year sentenced if Gerhartsreiter pleaded guilty.

A judge had set Wednesday as the deadline for him to plead guilty or go to trial.

This program aired on February 10, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.


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