A Prague woman convicted of kidnapping in a 2010 Prague case has been released several years early from the Department of Corrections but remains on DOC probation.

A Prague woman convicted of kidnapping in a 2010 Prague case has been released several years early from the Department of Corrections but remains on DOC probation.

Michele Elisabeth Gouker, 36, was initially sentenced to serve 20 years for kidnapping and unlawful possession of a controlled drug. After serving about a year in the county jail, for which she received credit, she began serving her sentence with DOC five years ago on Oct. 5, 2012.

Her 20-year sentence was later amended in court records to reflect a 20 year sentence, but with 15 years to be served in prison and five years to be suspended on probation, court records show.

But the Department of Corrections reports Michele Gouker was released from prison on Sept. 1.

Mark Myers, DOC communications director, said Gouker earned all of her available credits to be eligible for early release.

Gouker's early release did surprise District Attorney Richard Smothermon, although he said he has no control over what the Department of Corrections does.

“I send people to prison — it's up to DOC to decide how how long they're going to keep them,” he said.

Michele Gouker was charged in connection with a 2010 case that also involved the murder of a local man.

In that matter, Glendon Carl Gouker, 46, will spend the rest of his life in prison on nine felony charges relating to the case in which Michele Gouker was charged with the single count of kidnapping.

Glendon Gouker is accused of killing Ethan James Dorand Walton, 19, and leaving him to die in an outbuilding in Prague on Sept. 8, 2010. He is further accused of luring Walton’s girlfriend into the outbuilding and forcibly raping her there and then in his home for hours before she could escape. That woman was able to break free from her restraints by breaking and jumping through a pane glass window.

During the woman's escape, Michele Gouker, who was listed in court documents as being both the wife and sister of the Glendon Gouker, attempted to stop the woman in that escape, according to court documents.

As a result, Michele Gouker was charged with kidnapping for her involvement, but both she and Glendon Gouker also faced drug charges after authorities searched their home.

Glendon Gouker is currently serving a life without parole sentence in the murder charge, along with various other sentences, including three other life sentences on rape counts and a life sentence on a drug offense.