GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - Bryan Blakely, who admitted being one of the men who broke into a Grandville home, kidnapped a woman and tied her to a telephone pole in a cornfield, was sentenced to a lengthy prison term.
He was sentenced to 15-50 years for kidnapping and 5-20 years for the home invasion, and the sentences will be served concurrently.
In August, Blakely and Quinton Goree broke into the home of Regan 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.
Reynolds allegedly hired them for this.
The plan failed when the woman 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.
It might be December but that is not stopping some people from "hanging 10" in Michigan.
A driver escaped safely after its vehicle crashed into the Grand River in Ottawa County Friday morning.
We get a brief break from the "lake-effect machine" Friday.