Time-served in Fairview Twp. kidnapping case
A South Carolina man imprisoned since last summer on York County kidnapping charge has been sentenced to time-served after pleading guilty to a lesser charge.
Jawan Mack, 19, of Manning, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of simple assault. As part of a negotiated plea agreement, he was sentenced to time-served to 23 months in York County Prison, according to senior deputy prosecutor Susan Emmons. When he is released, his probation will be transferred to South Carolina, according to court records.
Mack told officials he's been locked up since August, when he was arrested in South Carolina on a York County arrest warrant, Emmons said.
In exchange for his plea, charges of kidnapping, carjacking and false imprisonment were dismissed, records state, and an aggravated assault charge was tossed at Mack's preliminary hearing.
Emmons declined to discuss why the kidnapping charge was dropped, saying only that she "proceeded on the simple assault charge" because that's the charge the district attorney's office determined could be proven in court.
The allegations: Fairview Township Police said Mack was part of a group that assaulted and kidnapped Edward Mulholland, another South Carolina man, from the Scottish Inn off Interstate 83 in the township about 5:15 p.m. June 22.
The victim and his attackers worked for the same traveling painting business, according to Fairview Township Detective Jarrett Boyles. The men were staying in motels as they traveled from job to job, he said.
Mulholland had his hands bound and was forced into a motel-room bathroom, stripped and searched for money before he was forced into a vehicle and driven to Harrisburg, police have said. He was badly beaten and dumped in Harrisburg, police said.
Unpaid debt: Boyles has said the crime happened over an unpaid debt.
The case against co-defendant Dmikel Woods, 21, of Manning, South Carolina, is still active, Emmons said. He has a pretrial conference scheduled for April 18, court records state.
Co-defendant Brenda Sue Mulkey, 50, of Harrisburg, pleaded guilty in December to unlawful restraint and was sentenced to time-served, which amounted to 29 days, records state.
Mulkey was accused of helping the men kidnap Mulholland. Known as "Kim," she was dating one of of the men who worked for the traveling painting business, Boyles has said.
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