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Prosecutor: Kidnappers planned crime for weeks
Veronica Enriquez
Veronica Enriquez was one of four people to plead guilty to aggravated assault. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

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.  
Assistant District Attorney Tiffany Peters told 1st District Atlantic Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Robert L. Russell III that in April 2012, the four were driving around and saw the eventual victim walking with two other people on Winntown Road in Long County. She said the group had been looking for the man for several weeks.  
Peters said the group forced the man into their car. He then was taken to a house, stripped, put in a closet and pistol-whipped.  
Peters said that after the beating, the assailants took the man back to where he had been picked up and put him out on the road.
After listening to Peters, and explaining the legal options to the four defendants, Russell accepted the district attorney’s recommendation and sentenced each of them 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, Russell explained to them that 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.  
In addition to their sentencing, Alberto Enriquez and Bey also were banished from the Atlantic Judicial Circuit for the duration of their probation. The counties in the circuit include Long, Bryan, Evans, McIntosh, Tattnall and Liberty.  
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.  
However, in an agreement between the defendant and the district attorney’s office, Parker has agreed to perform 40 hours of community service in anticipation that his felony charges will be lowered to misdemeanor charges and pay a fine of $1,000.  
Parker’s charges stem from his home burning June 22, 2010.

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