|Kidnap suspects plead guilty|
|Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Friday, 28 March 2014 10:47|
Brittany Long, 20; Blake Long, 21; and Nicholas Martinez, 19, all of Toledo, appeared before Judge Robert Pollex. Each pleaded guilty to a single count of abduction in the August 2013 incident as part of a plea deal.
The trial in the case for the fourth codefendant, Hui Zhang, 23, Toledo, is to begin Wednesday.
The pleas come in the wake of an unusual case that took shape last summer.
According to authorities, on Aug. 18, 2013, a University of Toledo student from China was contacted by Zhang about going along on a trip to Cedar Point the
On Aug. 19 the student was picked up at his Toledo residence by Zhang and Brittany Long, and they then drove to pick up Blake Long and Martinez. Martinez reportedly had a knife in his possession during the incident.
Instead of going to Cedar Point, the group drove the victim to a vacant home in Bowling Green, where he was robbed of his credit card. The card was then used to purchase items in the city, and group members also reportedly attempted to withdraw money from a bank account with the card.
The victim was reportedly later taken back to Lucas County to a hotel, where he was held while members of the group attempted to extort ransom money from his relatives in China. They were apparently unable to do so due to a language barrier.
The victim was later released unharmed.
Each of the defendants had been indicted on one count each of kidnapping and
However, Brittany Long, Blake Long and Martinez each pleaded to a single amended count of abduction, a third-degree felony, with the aggravated robbery count to be dropped at sentencing.
As an additional condition of their plea, the trio is to testify against Zhang in her trial.
The proceedings on Thursday were somewhat unusual in that Pollex' usual courtroom, Courtroom One, was being painted, necessitating the use of the Probate Courtroom on the second floor of the courthouse for the matter to go on the record.
Bond was continued for the defendants. They are to be sentenced on the morning of June 17.
|Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 11:33|
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