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Associated Press, Published July 24 2013

Kidnapping suspect pleads guilty in North Dakota

BISMARCK — An Idaho man accused of driving a kidnapped woman's car to North Dakota and pulling a gun on a trucker has pleaded guilty to four felony charges.

Mitchell Lee Walck, 57, pleaded guilty Tuesday to terrorizing, unlawful entry to a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and felon in possession of a firearm, all Class C felonies.

Authorities allege he shot at an Idaho state trooper on Nov. 30. A day later, he kidnapped a woman from her home in Rathdrum, Idaho, released her the next day in Glendive, Mont., then drove to Bismarck and threatened a trucker whose semitrailer sleeper cab he had entered.

The FBI had offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to Walck's arrest and conviction.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1dTfSIN ) that Walck had been scheduled to stand trial this week, but changed his pleas to guilty instead.

Walck is slated to be sentenced on Oct. 1. He faces up to five years in prison on each of the four charges.

Walck spent more than nine years in prison for assaulting a peace officer in Powell County, Montana, in 2001, and also was convicted that year of burglary and theft, according to The Bismarck Tribune.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com


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