Kidnapping case spurs guilty plea

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By Janice Gregorson

A third man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and robbery charges in a Rochester case and now faces the possibility of more than nine years in prison.

Edward John Michael Williams, 28, of Bloomington, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to 11 felony charges.

He is one of five men charged with kidnapping and assaulting as many as six juveniles in Rochester in an attempt to get back 18 pounds of marijuana they allegedly stole last November.


Two of them already pleaded guilty to similar charges and await sentencing. A fourth man, Harkamal Singh, pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon. The case against the fifth man remains open.

Williams' trial was set to begin Monday afternoon. It was called off when the plea agreement was reached.

Under the agreement, several other charges were dismissed. The prosecution also agreed to not seek a sentence higher than 112 months in prison.

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