BANGOR, Maine — A local man involved in what police originally believed was a plot to kidnap a Brewer woman was to begin serving his 30-day sentence at the Penobscot County Jail on Monday.
Benjamin McClure, 30, pleaded guilty Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to misdemeanor assault, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office. In addition to the jail term, he was ordered to pay a $300 fine.
Last month, the Brewer women involved in the event pleaded guilty to criminal threatening charges.
Anjelika Cray, 19, was sentenced on April 16 to 10 days in jail. On the same day, Kara Doll was ordered to pay a $500 fine but was not sentenced to jail time.
The three were arrested about 2:30 a.m. Feb. 23, a few hours after they allegedly kidnapped Doll’s 20-year-old sister the previous night. The victim, according to a story previously published in the Bangor Daily News, owed McClure $600.
The Penobscot County grand jury in March indicted all three on charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, assault and criminal threatening. McClure also was indicted for unlawful sexual contact.
District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Monday that his office dismissed the more serious allegations after the victim “was not as forthcoming as she was initially.”
“I think there was an agreement amongst these three people about trying to get some money out of the victim,” he said, “but the victim was not willing to cooperate with us.”
If the trio had been convicted of the most serious charge, each would have faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. By pleading guilty to criminal threatening, each faced up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.