Missing Pa. mom who was found in Fla. gets prison

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A mother who disappeared from her central Pennsylvania home in 2002 and was later declared legally dead before resurfacing in Florida has been sentenced to prison on a probation violation.

The Pennsacola News Journal reports (http://on.pnj.com/11eQTdg ) Brenda Heist, who’s known in the Santa Rosa County court system as Kelsie Smith, was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail.

She pleaded no contest to failing to check in with authorities in the Tampa area after leaving the Pensacola area following her released from jail in April. She’d been on probation for using someone else’s identification during a traffic stop.

Heist left behind a husband and two children when she disappeared from her home outside Lititz in February 2002. She turned herself in to deputies in Monroe County, Fla., in April and revealed she was a missing person.

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