Kansas man sentenced in kidnapping of woman who was killed

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

A Junction City man who participated in the kidnapping of a woman who was later killed has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Tom Beall says 33-year-old Christopher Pugh was sentenced Tuesday after he admitted that he helped kidnap 24-year-old Amanda Clemons in February 2014.

Pugh was among a group of people who kidnapped Clemons from a Junction City hotel and beat her, while demanding that she pay $300.

Clemons eventually was allowed to call her young son and mother and the mother called police. When police called Clemons, Pugh left the scene.

Prosecutors say Clemons was taken to a remote bridge in Geary County and beaten, and eventually her throat was cut.

Three other people have been sentenced to jail and a fourth is awaiting sentencing.

Co-defendants include:

  • Larry L. Anderson of Manhattan, Kan., who was sentenced to 28 years.
  • Marryssa M. Middleton of Fort Riley, Kan., who was sentenced to 28 years.
  • Drexel A. Woody, 27, of Fort Riley, who was sentenced to 16 years.
  • Shantrell D. Woody of Fort Riley, Kan., who is set for sentencing Nov. 20.

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