5 Plead Guilty in Abduction of Girl in Mississippi

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Five people have pleaded guilty in a scheme to kidnap a 6-year-old girl from a Mississippi elementary school.

The woman authorities say orchestrated the plan, Jesse Mae Brown Pollard, and her son Devonta Pollard, a former basketball player at the University of Alabama, were not among those who pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

Authorities say Jesse Pollard planned the abduction to pressure her cousin, the child's mother, in a land dispute.

Shamarius Ruffin, Wanda Faye Dancy and Shaquayla Johnigan pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Joyce Johnigan and James Shurmon Johnigan pleaded guilty to withholding information on a felony.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 22.

The child was taken from her school April 30 and turned up unharmed on a rural road in the state the next day.


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