- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) - A Saratoga County judge has sentenced a 28-year-old man to 20 years in prison for abducting his ex-girlfriend, holding her in the woods and threatening to kill her.

A jury found Ryan Place guilty in June of kidnapping, assault, larceny and other offenses.

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said jurors heard testimony that Place dragged the woman into the woods near Saratoga Lake by her hair, beat her, and made her dig a shallow grave with her bare hands.

She managed to escape around 4 a.m. July 22 after five hours in the woods, and called police.

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