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Darrill Lynn receives 10 year sentence for kidnapping

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Darrill Lynn

Darrill Lynn was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections during his hearing on March 6 for “Kidnapping-Facilitating A Felony-Inflicting Injury-Terrorizing” by Judge Keith Sutherland.
On December 6, Lynn withdrew his prior pleas of not guilty to kidnapping James William Boyd McNeely in 2009 and entered a voluntary and unequivocal Alford plea to a Class B Felony kidnapping charge. Lynn was represented by attorney Donald Gerard.
His days in jail between his date of arrest and conviction ordered are being credited to his sentence. He was granted a furlough until 9 a.m. Monday, March 12, when he has been ordered to surrender to the Warren County Sheriff’s Department. It is still uncertain as to which corrections facility he will serve his time.
The fifth kidnapping suspect, Brandon Martin, appeared at his March 12 hearing in Callaway County. Proposed trial dates and a discovery schedule were ordered to be given within 20 days. Martin’s status hearing was then set for 9 a.m. April 9 in Callaway County.
Previous sentences already handed out
Kidnapping suspect Jackie Don Moss began serving a two year sentence in the Department of Corrections after being charged with attempted kidnapping, facilitating a felony, inflicting injury, and terrorizing.
Robert Allen, the third kidnapping suspect, was sentenced in May for the same charge as Darrill Lynn. Allen’s probation was denied and is serving three years in the Department of Corrections.
This past September, Angela Harvey was the fi-nal member of her family to learn of her fate when she received a life sentence after pleading guilty to a charge of second degree murder of McNeely in December 2009.
Harvey also pled guilty to two counts of armed criminal action each carrying a 15-year sentence in the Department of Corrections along with one count of kidnapping, which was also slapped with 15 years. Judge Kevin Crane in Boone County presided over the sentencing.
Laddonia teenager Ethan Lee Harvey, age 18, pled guilty to second degree murder and two other charges in Audrain County Circuit Court.
His plea on the murder charge resulted in an 18-year sentence. His guilty plea on kidnapping resulted in a 15 year sentence that can be served concurrently. He also pled guilty to abandonment of a corpse which had a range of punishment of five to a maximum 15 years while no plea was given for the charge of armed criminal action.
The older brother Chad Harvey, age 20, was sentenced to life in prison for Boyd’s murder. He also received 15 years for kidnapping and four years for abandonment of a corpse.
Teenager Jordan Clay Harvey has already been charged with second degree murder, facilitating felony kidnapping and felonious restraint.
Chester Harvey, Jr. pled guilty on five different charges in April and received life imprisonment without eligibility for probation or parole in the first-degree murder charge.
Harvey, Jr. was sentenced to 30 years by the Department of Corrections for Armed Criminal Action, 15 years DOC for Kidnappin-Facilitating A Felony-Inflicting Injury-Terrorizing, four years DOC for Abandonment of a Corpse, and life imprisonment for felony kidnapping.
According to the details of the case released soon after the murder, Angela Harvey had admitted in a probable cause statement to kicking the victim and threatening to shoot him. She also admitted at that time to instructing her husband on how to kill the victim by suffocation.
McNeely’s body was reportedly transported to a tractor/trailer unit parked south of Laddonia.