GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - Two of three men charged with tying up and kidnapping a woman and leaving her husband behind have pleaded guilty.
Bryan Blakely and Quinton Goree pleaded guilty on Monday to kidnapping and conspiracy to commit home invasion. They will be sentenced on Dec. 1.
The third suspect, Regan Reynolds, chose not to plead and is scheduled to go on trial on Dec. 12.
Investigators allege the suspects broke into the Grandville home of Reynolds' former in-laws, David and Kathleen Byker, and then kidnapped his ex-mother-in-law in an attempt to extort $200,000 from the couple.
They then tied the woman to a telephone pole in a cornfield and left her there, police said. The plan failed when Kathleen Byker freed herself and got help from a passing truck driver.
The suspects never got any money, court records show.
Blakely and Goree eventually turned themselves in to police and asked authorities to pick them up. Police caught Reynolds later.
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