Five South Carolina Men Sentenced For Abduction During Berkeley Marijuana Deal – CBS San FranciscoPosted by On

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Five South Carolina men were sentenced on Friday for their roles in the abduction of a man during a botched marijuana deal at a Berkeley motel last July in which they allegedly threatened to kill him unless they were paid a $30,000 ransom.

All five men were charged with kidnapping and second-degree robbery, but in the middle of their preliminary hearing on May 16 the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss the kidnapping charges in return for their no contest pleas to second-degree robbery.

Defense attorney Darryl Stallworth, who represents Jamikaco Thompson, 25, of Greenville, S.C., said, “The overall scheme of their conduct was not as offensive as it first appeared.”

The men could have faced life in prison if they’d been convicted of kidnapping, but Stallworth said, “This was not a textbook kidnapping considering the conduct of the…

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