- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Sussex County judge has dismissed revised charges against a man whose kidnapping conviction was overturned following the carjacking of an 89-year-old woman who was locked in her car trunk for two days.

Citing the prohibition against double jeopardy, the judge dismissed unlawful imprisonment and conspiracy charges Thursday against Rondaiges Harper.

Harper, one of four teenagers charged in the 2013 kidnapping of Margaret Smith, was sentenced last year to 30 years in prison for kidnapping, carjacking and conspiracy.

But Delaware’s Supreme Court overturned Harper’s convictions this year, ruling that the carjacking was completed before his involvement.

Harper was then charged with unlawful imprisonment and conspiracy. The judge said Thursday that the jury had the option to convict him of unlawful imprisonment at his first trial but declined to do so.



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