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Judge accepts guilty plea in kidnapping/assault

August 20, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A judge accepted a guilty plea Tuesday from a woman charged in connection with a beating and kidnapping that happened last year on July 9.

Amber Maize Crummitt, 21, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to aggravated robbery, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny.

Under the terms of the plea bargain, Crummitt will be sentenced to serve 15 years in prison. Circuit Judge David Sanders asked that a pre-sentence investigation be done before Crummitt is formally sentenced on Oct. 20.

Crummitt admitted that she stood by as two men beat Misty Dawn Hyson, 25, and then put Hyson in the trunk of her own car. Hyson escaped from the trunk as the driver of the car turned around on Interstate 70 near Clear Spring, police said.

Crummitt and the two men charged in connection with the incident went to Florida in Hyson's car, police alleged. They were arrested in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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A co-defendant in the case, Brandon D. Green, 21, is scheduled to go on trial in October. Crummitt agreed to testify against him, according to Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely.

Because of the plea, additional charges that Crummitt had faced, including kidnapping, will be dismissed.

A conviction on a kidnapping charge carries a penalty of up to life in prison, which is one of the reasons Crummitt agreed to the plea, said her attorney, Randy Rhodes.

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