- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) - The fifth defendant in a case of mistaken identity that led to an accidental kidnapping spanning from New Jersey to Missouri has admitted his role in the incident.

The New Jersey Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1LoAWXG ) 50-year-old Lonnie Swarnes pleaded guilty to first-degree kidnapping and second-degree attempted theft by extortion Wednesday in Superior Court in Newton.

He faces up to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Dec. 17.

Prosecutors say Swarnes was part of a group that kidnapped Jeffrey Muller from outside his Clinton Street storefront in 2010, shocked him with a stun gun and drove him as far as Lake Ozark, Missouri before his eventual escape.

Prosecutors say the group believed their victim was a different Jeffrey Muller who allegedly stole money from one of the co-defendants.


Information from: The New Jersey Herald (Newton, N.J.), https://www.njherald.com

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