Mother Who Eluded Police For 16 Years Sentenced

An East Texas woman who eluded law enforcement for 16 years while hiding her two children from their father, has been sentenced. 49 year old Catherine Walker received 180 days in prison and 10 years probation. She could have gotten 10 years in prison.

Walker disappeared from her East Mountain home with her two daughters in 1987. She was arrested earlier this month in California. The girls and their father, Doug Harwood, were reunited back in February. Harwood pleaded with the judge in the case for leniency against his ex- wife.

Catherine Walker pleaded guilty to interference with child custody.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.