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Late last month, an admitted kidnapper was sent to State prison for three years. This sentence included time for four other cases the busy felon had accumulated since 2010.

Most recently, Gregory Leon Spatcher, 32, admitted felony kidnap in a plea deal in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.

In the deal arranged by public defender Deborah Kirkwood, sentences for Spatcher’s four other active cases will all run concurrent with the three year sentence for the new, kidnap matter. The date of his prior offenses and the admitted crime and the sentence for each of those are: June 2010, possession of methamphetamine, sentence 2 years; October 2010, felon in possession of ammunition, sentence 2 years; February 2011, possession of meth, sentence 2 years; March 2012, possession of hydrocodone, sentence 365 days.

Gregory Leon Spatcher was out on probation in August 2012, when he held a man at knifepoint and demanded ransom, according to testimony at a hearing last summer. The same day the $1,000 ransom was paid by the hostage's employer, the victim was released, that on August 20, 2012.

In his latest plea deal, Spatcher admitted “simple kidnap,” not extortion, and not kidnap for financial gain. Other felony charges were dropped in the deal. The admitted “simple kidnap” is a “strike” offense.

Prosecutor Geoff Allard and Superior Court Judge Aaron Katz signed the plea deal on January 23, 2013.

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Dennis March 22, 2013 @ 4:30 p.m.

How is it that this guy only gets 3 years! Were not the other felony convictions "strike" offenses?


VictimsAction March 22, 2013 @ 6:51 p.m.

I wonder what the victims think of this plea bargain? He'll be out to reoffend AGAIN in no time. With Realignment in place, it's even more important for the D.A.'s office to do the right thing and not give in to the temptation for the courts to taking the fast and easy way out.

If this article is accurate, this was obviously more than a "simple kidnapping". Wonder what they'll plea him down to the next time he commits a felony?


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