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Two Whitley County men indicted on federal kidnapping charges

From the US Department of Justice -

37 year old Jake Messer, and 61 year old George Oscar Messer, of Rockholds, Kentucky were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in London on Thursday, November 19, 2020 on federal kidnapping charges.

The indictment alleges that, in April of 2018, in Clay and Whitley Counties, the Messers used a means, facility, and instrument of interstate commerce to kidnap two individuals.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted jointly by the ATF and the Kentucky State Police.

Both Defendants are awaiting initial appearances before the United States District Court. If convicted, both men face a maximum of life in prison. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the Court, after its consideration of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statutes governing the imposition of sentences.

An indictment is an accusation only. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial, at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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