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Diberardino sentenced in Hudson Amber Alert case

Rocco Diberardino

A Hudson man has been sentenced to prison on felony convictions related to a domestic incident nearly a year ago that involved an Amber Alert.

Rocco NMI Diberardino, 46, was sentenced to four years, three months in prison and 15 months extended supervision on a false imprisonment conviction and six years three months and 15 months extended supervision for interfering with child custody.

Judge Eric J. Lundell ordered him to pay $556 court costs and submit to psychological or psychiatric evaluation and follow through with its recommendations in the Aug. 17 hearing.

The sentences will be served consecutively. He was credited with 335 days of time served.

The criminal complaint said about 7 a.m. Sept. 16 Diberardino appeared at his wife, Kelly's, residence in the Bieneman Farm neighborhood of Hudson in violation of a domestic abuse restraining order and assaulted her.

Kelly had filed for divorce Aug. 25, 2010, and obtained a restraining order Sept. 7.

She told investigators she believed Diberardino had taken their two sons, age 10 and 12, and she did not know where they were. The children were later found in a Stillwater motel after an Amber Alert was issued.

Diberardino was arrested in Hastings, Minn., and extradited to St. Croix County where he was held on a $100,000 cash bond.