Four people accused of kidnapping and pistol-whipping a Long County man pleaded guilty Friday in the Long County Courthouse in Ludowici.
Veronica Enriquez, Alberto Enriquez and Ibrihiyum Bey all pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault, while Cicro Enriquez pleaded guilty to false imprisonment.
The four also faced several other charges ranging from kidnapping with bodily injury, violating the street-gang terrorism and prevention act, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. However, these charges were dropped in a negotiated plea agreement between their attorneys and the district attorney’s office.
Per the plea bargain, each was sentenced to two years of probation, community service and a $500 fine.
In the agreement, the four are allowed to serve their probation under the Georgia First Offender’s Act, meaning that those who complete their time without any violations will not have a felony on their record. However, if they have any type of infraction under this clause, they could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison.
The four also were ordered to have no contact with the victim.
Also going before Russell on Friday was Long County Deputy Coroner Robert D. Parker, who faces charges of arson in the first degree, insurance fraud and violation of oath of office by a public officer. No plea was given from Parker’s attorney, Nathaniel Merritt, and the case once again was continued to a later date.
For more on this story, see Sunday's Courier.