A U.S. District Judge sentenced former Orangevale resident Matthew Muller Thursday to 40 years in prison in a kidnapping case that drew national attention.
In the courtroom Denise Huskins stood up and faced Matthew Muller directly saying, "I am Denise Huskins, the woman you raped, drugged and tortured."
Huskins gave a vivid and impassioned account of her abduction by Muller. In 2015, Muller broke into the Mare Island home of Aaron Quinn, Huskins' boyfriend, where the couple was sleeping. He bound and drugged them before leaving Quinn behind and abducting Huskins.
Muller's defense attorney asked for a 30-year sentence, arguing the prosecution "marginalized" Muller's mental health issues including bi-polar disorder and depression. The prosecution said there was no relationship between Muller's decision to commit these crimes and his mental illness.
Judge Troy Nunley said despite Muller's mental illness he was wholly responsible for this "heinous, atrocious, horrific crime."