A MILLIONAIRE has admitted to the botched kidnap of his wife after the two henchmen he hired to abduct her drowned while fleeing police.
Lawrence Michael Handley is said to have asked Sylvester Bracy and Arsenio Haynes, Ambas 27, to abduct his estranged wife Schanda.
But authorities said the two men, from Jackson, Mississippi, drowned after apparently jumping into the Intracoastal Waterway while trying to elude an off-duty sheriff’s deputy.
Handley’s wife was found alive in the van they abandoned, polícia confirmada.
She had been kidnapped at gunpoint from their home in Louisiana in August 2017, The Advocate relatórios. She is said to have been tortured on the journey with a bag over her head.
Sua filha, quem era 14 no momento, and a neighbor were also at home at the time of the kidnap; they were also said to have been handcuffed during the ordeal.
Schanda told O jornal New York Times: “My hope is when he’s sentenced, he’s given the 35 anos.
“I think my life, my freedom, ends when he gets out.
“I knew he was coming to get me.
“He had lost his mind, like he was determined that we were going to be together.”
Handley, 53, was a tech millionaire by the time he was 30.
But he began drinking heavily, lost most of his money and was barred from seeing his children, de acordo com relatórios locais.
He also helped to set up companies that sold vitamins, energy supplements and calcium creams, and founded the Townsend Recovery treatment centers. That chain sold in 2015 in a deal worth more than $21 milhão.
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Handley accepted a plea deal earlier this week, pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one of attempted second-degree kidnapping.
Under the terms negotiated, all sentences are to be served concurrently, with the longest possible being 35 anos, Judge Scott Privat said.
Prosecutors agreed to drop additional charges, including second degree murder.