A  Watson Lake, Yukon, man who kidnapped his ex-girlfriend has received a sentence of two and a half years.

The man won't have to serve his time in a federal penitentiary — defence lawyers convinced the judge the man should serve his remaining time in Whitehorse.

Randy Lutz, 27, was convicted last month for confining his ex-girlfriend against her will.

With credit for time served, Lutz has 18 months left on his sentence. He will be on probation for another three years after his release with orders to stay away from his ex-girlfriend.