- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The two remaining defendants accused of kidnapping and torturing a jewelry store worker before dumping her in a cemetery in an attempt to get the shop’s security codes pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Thirty-five-year-old Salahudin Shaheed and 23-year-old Basil Buie pleaded guilty to conspiracy, kidnapping and attempted robbery during their trial in federal court. They will be sentenced in January. Khayree Gay, 31, previously pleaded guilty.

The men abducted the 53-year-old woman in a parking garage in April after she left work near Philadelphia’s Jewelers Row, authorities said. The woman was beaten, shocked with a stun gun and bound while the men demanded to know a code to the store’s safe. The victim had worked at the store for 15 years, but did not know the code to the safe or store alarm, and she gave them her purse, cellphone, debit card password and, finally, a ring “so that they would not kill her,” prosecutors said in court documents.

The trio dumped her at a cemetery, still handcuffed and shackled, but returned to demand the code again. The victim managed to get to a street and flag down help, and was treated at a hospital.

“When the victim went to work, she expected it to be like any other day,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeanine Linehan had told jurors in her opening statement Tuesday, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “April 4 was not like any other day. It was horror. It was terror. It was torture.”

Gay was quickly arrested in South Carolina and the other two men, both Philadelphia residents, were taken into custody in June. Linehan described Shaheed as the mastermind, and said when the scheme failed, he took his frustrations out on the victim. “He beat her unmercifully,” she said.

Shaheed’s attorney, Lawrence Bozzelli, had attacked Gay and two other prospective prosecution witnesses in his opening statement, telling jurors that by the trial’s end they would be left with “more questions than answers.”

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