Man killed in Idaho mirrored father’s actions

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This 2013 file photo provided by Andrew Spanswick, a friend of James Lee DiMaggio, shows DiMaggio posing for a photo in a restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif.  (AP Photo/Andrew Spanswick)

This 2013 file photo provided by Andrew Spanswick, a friend of James Lee DiMaggio, shows DiMaggio posing for a photo in a restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Andrew Spanswick)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A family spokesman says the man who was killed by FBI agents in the Idaho wilderness after allegedly abducting a 16-year-old California girl followed his father’s footsteps.

Andrew Spanswick said Monday that James Lee DiMaggio’s father committed suicide exactly 15 years before Saturday’s shootout that resulted in the rescue of Hannah Anderson.

The 40-year-old DiMaggio is suspected of killing Hannah’s mother and younger brother, abandoning them in his burning home near San Diego on Aug. 4. Spanswick said DiMaggio’s father disappeared exactly 15 years before the house was set on fire.

Spanswick says James Everet DiMaggio had a troubled life marred by criminal activity. The elder DiMaggio was arrested after breaking into the home of his ex-girlfriend and holding her 16-year-daughter hostage. The girl escaped.

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