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209.  (a) Any person who seizes, confines, inveigles, entices,
decoys, abducts, conceals, kidnaps or carries away another person by
any means whatsoever with intent to hold or detain, or who holds or
detains, that person for ransom, reward or to commit extortion or to
exact from another person any money or valuable thing, or any person
who aids or abets any such act, is guilty of a felony, and upon
conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state
prison for life without possibility of parole in cases in which any
person subjected to any such act suffers death or bodily harm, or is
intentionally confined in a manner which exposes that person to a
substantial likelihood of death, or shall be punished by imprisonment
in the state prison for life with the possibility of parole in cases
where no such person suffers death or bodily harm.
   (b) (1) Any person who kidnaps or carries away any individual to
commit robbery, rape, spousal rape, oral copulation, sodomy, or any
violation of Section 264.1, 288, or 289, shall be punished by
imprisonment in the state prison for life with the possibility of
parole.
   (2) This subdivision shall only apply if the movement of the
victim is beyond that merely incidental to the commission of, and
increases the risk of harm to the victim over and above that
necessarily present in, the intended underlying offense.
   (c) In all cases in which probation is granted, the court shall,
except in unusual cases where the interests of justice would best be
served by a lesser penalty, require as a condition of the probation
that the person be confined in the county jail for 12 months. If the
court grants probation without requiring the defendant to be confined
in the county jail for 12 months, it shall specify its reason or
reasons for imposing a lesser penalty.
   (d) Subdivision (b) shall not be construed to supersede or affect
Section 667.61. A person may be charged with a violation of
subdivision (b) and Section 667.61. However, a person may not be
punished under subdivision (b) and Section 667.61 for the same act
that constitutes a violation of both subdivision (b) and Section
667.61.

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