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A Delaware trucker described as an architect of the conspiracy to kidnap Michigan's governor was sentenced Wednesday to more than 19 years in prison — the longest term yet given to anyone convicted in the plot.

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It was the latest twist for Charles Sobhraj, depicted in a series co-produced by the BBC and Netflix called "The Serpent,'' which aired last year. He in the past admitted to killing Western tourists around Asia.

Advocates almost succeeded this year in curbing the use of solitary confinement in California’s prisons and jails. The California Mandela Act, named after the long-imprisoned South African president, received the support it needed in August to pass the Assembly 41-16 and land on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk. He vetoed the bill a month later, citing safety concerns.

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