Update: Would-be kidnapper of David Letterman's son captured
Kelly A. Frank — the former handyman who at one time stood accused of plotting to kidnap David Letterman’s son Harry, 3, and who recently escaped from the Montana State Prison — has been captured near State Highway 35 in northwestern Montana, according to MSNBC. Kelly’s accomplice in the escape, William Willcutt, has not been located. The duo drove off the grounds in a half-ton spray truck belonging to the prison on Friday.
Kelly received the sentence as part of a plea-bargain, whereby the more serious count of solicitation to kidnap was dropped in exchange for Kelly’s guilty plea to lesser charges of felony theft and misdemeanor obstruction. In 2005 prosecutors had alleged that Kelly — who performed work on David’s sprawling ranch in Montana — hatched a plan to kidnap Harry, then 16-months-old, and his nanny and hold them for $5 million ransom.
Harry is the first child for David and his longtime fiance Regina Lasko. The couple issued no comment on Kelly’s escape.