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Courage.

Pastor sentenced in Vt. lesbian custody case

A Mennonite pastor who helped a still-missing woman and her daughter flee the country — and a custody fight with the woman’s former lesbian partner — joined his supporters in song Monday after being told his 27-month prison sentenced could be put on hold while he appeals his conviction.

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Kenneth Miller was still wearing his prison jumpsuit when he left federal court in Burlington and met a crowd of about 100 supporters who came to Vermont from as far away as his home state of Virginia.

“I am grateful for the mercy of God,” Miller said, before joining his supporters in singing a hymn, “Our God, He is alive.”

During a two-hour sentencing hearing, Miller told U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions III he couldn’t promise he would not commit again aid in international parental kidnapping. Last summer a jury found him guilty of helping Lisa Miller and her now-10-year-old daughter, Isabella, travel from Virginia to the Canadian border and then on to Nicaragua via the Toronto airport.

Lisa Miller and Isabella are still believed to be hiding in Central America. They are not related to the pastor.