TODAY   |  November 21, 2012

Teen relieved as man sentenced in collar-bomb threat

The man who strapped what appeared to be a collar bomb to the neck of an Australian teenager was sentenced on Tuesday to 13.5 years in prison. NBC’s Erica Hill reports.

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>> a shocking scene last year, a teenage girl in terror after having what appeared to be a bomb strapped to her neck. luckily, it was a fake, and now the man w did that to her will be spending years behind bars. our erica hill is with an update. erica, good morning to you.

>> savannah, good morning. really seemed something more like a hollywood movie . an 18-year-old woman spent 18 hours thinking she was going to die and now the man responsible is going to jail.

>> it's really all over.

>> reporter: australian teen madeline pulver expressing relief after the sentencing of a man who strapped a fake bomb around her next in a failed extortion bid.

>> i'm pleased with today's outcome and that i can now look to a future without his name being linked to mine.

>> reporter: former investment banker paul peters was sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison after breaking into the family's luxury home in 2011 . maddy was at home alone studying. dressed in a ski mask and armed with a black baseball bat which this surveillance tape shows him purchasing, peters linked a chain with a small black box around maddy 's neck. before fleeing peters left information with maddy saying the black box was full of explosives and leaving instructions on how to transfer money. it took ten terrifying hours to determine there were no explosives.

>> moments ago we have secured the release of the young lady .

>> reporter: incident led to a worldwide manhunt. peters was eventually found in lexington, kentucky and extradited back to australia. peters had claimed the hoax was the result of a delusion brought on by drinking and depression, but the judge ruled, quote, the offender was aware of the nature and quality of his acts. afterwards the pulver family expressed their gratitude to police and to australia's court system

>> i realize it is going to take quite some time to come to terms with what happened, but today was important because now the legal process is over.

>> reporter: there is still a question of while maddy , while some court documents say paul peters once worked for a company with ties to the family, peters never indicated why maddy was the target or if it was a random act.

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