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8/29/2014 12:19 PM
Reputed gangster pleads guilty in kidnapping plot

By MICHAEL BIESECKER

A South Carolina woman who authorities say is a gang member known as "Lady Jamaica" has admitted lying to federal agents during their investigation of the kidnapping of North Carolina prosecutor's father.

Chason Renee Chase pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Columbia, South Carolina. She was questioned by FBI agents following the April 5 kidnapping of Frank Janssen of Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Prosecutors say Janssen's kidnapping was directed by 49-year-old Kenneth Melton, a high-ranking Bloods street gang member serving a life sentence in a North Carolina prison.

Authorities say Chase lied about knowing and communicating with Melton on a cellphone hidden in his jail cell. Janssen was later rescued by the FBI from an Atlanta apartment.

Chase faces a maximum sentence of five years. Nine others still face charges in the case.



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