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Redby man pleads guilty to kidnapping, assault

Jason Lee King, 18, of Redby, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Beltrami County District Court to one count of felony kidnapping and two counts of felony second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 9.

At about 9:36 p.m. Oct. 5, a man reported receiving a phone call from his daughter who said she and a female friend had been carjacked and kidnapped earlier in the evening by a man who forced them to drive him to the Redby area, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint states that the women were then released by the man, King, when they dropped him off, and were driving home in the Blackduck area when they called.

The women were escorted to the Law Enforcement Center, where they gave statements to the Bemidji Police Department and FBI. The complaint states the women had decided to drive to a convenience store in Bemidji. They were driving on 21st Street Northwest when King popped up from the back seat and held a knife to the driver's neck. He ordered the women to take him to the Red Lake Reservation. He also held the knife to the passenger's neck.

King smoked several of the driver's cigarettes and tore out the light fixture on the headliner of her car, the complaint states. Officers processed the car and found a cigarette butt and a latent fingerprint on the overhead light bulb.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the fingerprint as belonging to King. There were a number of outstanding warrants for his arrest, as a result of previous adjudications for, among other things, motor vehicle theft.

The maximum penalty for the kidnapping charge is 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. Each of the assault charges carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.