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NL man gets 20 years of probation on kidnapping charge

WILLMAR -- Brandon Thomas Sharp, 35, of New London was sentenced Wednesday to 42 months in prison -- which was stayed -- a $3,000 fine and 20 years of probation on a kidnapping charge for taking a New London woman into Stearns County against her will.

As part of a plea agr-eement in Kandiyohi County District Court, two other felony cha-rges for terroristic th-reats and false imprisonment and two misdemeanor charges for theft and reckless driving were dismissed.

Sharp was also sentenced to 365 days in the county jail, with credit for 117 days already served, and ordered to complete a chemical dependency evaluation and register as a predatory officer. Judge Donald M. Spilseth ordered that he have no contact, direct or indirect, with the woman, her family, home, workplace or the locations of her children's activities.

The charges were filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was dispatched Oct. 4 to Georgeville in Stearns County to investigate a report of kidnapping.

A woman met the deputy and informed him that she and Sharp had a relationship and had broken up. She said he refused to accept the breakup and came to her New London home earlier that morning to talk. She said she later left for work and returned to find Sharp at her door intoxicated. He returned again and took her into his vehicle and drove away. She said she couldn't escape because he kept hold of her and said that he had "just the spot for her" and that no one would ever find her. As the vehicle crossed into Stearns County, the woman recognized the home of Sharp's sister and saw her outside. She managed to escape Sharp's grip and fell out the door of the vehicle. The vehicle then entered a ditch.

Sharp's sister then drove the woman to a residence to call law enforcement.