Three Pembroke men have pleaded not guilty to federal charges in association with the kidnappings of two Bryan County residents.
On Thursday, Antonio Lamont Murray, 38, Cecil Dewit Nelson, 32, and Gary Lenion McDonald, 35, entered their pleas before the U.S. Magistrate Court.
According to a sealed indictment filed Feb. 10, the trio is charged with the conspiracy to kidnap and kidnapping of two individuals identified as “T.M.” and “W.D.” and holding them for ransom.
The indictment states that on or about Dec. 1, 2011, the men forcibly entered the Richmond Hill home of T.M. and abducted him at gunpoint.
The men then confined T.M. at a mobile home in Pembroke and ordered one of his business associates to pay a ransom of $19,000. After collecting the money, the trio dropped off T.M. at a Bulloch County location, the document states.
The document goes on to state that on or about Jan. 12, the men forcibly entered the home of Pembroke resident W.D. and also abducted him at gunpoint.
The men confined W.D. at a mobile home in Pembroke and ordered his wife to pay $250,000 in ransom. After collecting the money, the men dropped him off at a location in Bryan County, according to the indictment.
The US wants forfeits of approximately $2,000 seized from Nelson’s home, around $2,081 seized from Nelson’s truck, approximately $10,000 seized from Angel Williams and around $1,876 seized from Murray’s home.
Also asked for in forfeiture is a 2002 Cadillac DeVille and a 2011 EZGO golf cart with custom wheels and a CD player.