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Dent woman ordered to serve probation for kidnapping story in Fargo

FARGO - A woman who lied to police about being kidnapped has been ordered to serve two years of supervised probation for the April incident.

East Central Judicial District Court Judge Steven Marquart sentenced Deborah Lee Monson, 26, today to one year in jail, with all but 30 days suspended. He gave Monson credit for 30 days spent at Prairie St. John's in Fargo, meaning she will not spend any time in jail.

Marquart also ordered Monson to serve two years on supervised probation, pay $325 in fines and fees and follow any recommendations by her current psychological caregiver.

Monson previously pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor charge of providing false information to law enforcement, which carries up to one year in jail.

The Dent apologized to the judge before being sentenced and asked him not to send her to jail.

"I just, I've spent the last five months trying to get my life back," she said. "I've worked hard."

In April, Monson told police she was kidnapped at knifepoint in Moorhead and taken to Fargo and raped. She later recanted the kidnapping allegation. A man was arrested in connection with the incident, but was not charged. He told The Forum the two had consensual sex.

The reported attack came less than a week after a kidnapping and unsuccessful attempted rape resulted in Vincent Degidio Jr. being shot by officers in an armed confrontation in Moorhead.