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Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Men sentenced in kidnapping plot

Two District men were sentenced to decades in prison Monday for attempting to kidnap a bank employee from her home in a plan to force her to help them get cash, federal prosecutors said.

Jeffery Edelen, 42, and Kendall Taylor, 40, broke into the Prince George’s County home of the woman and her child in January 2011, holding them at gunpoint and binding the child, federal authorities said trial testimony showed.

Edelen and Taylor and a co-defendant had planned to take the woman to the bank she worked at in Washington, D.C. and force her to obtain money from it, according to trial testimony. But the child called a relative who called police, and officers arrived before the defendants could get the victims out of the home.

Edelen and Taylor each were convicted of conspiracy to commit a kidnapping. A federal judge in Greenbelt sentenced Edelen to 30 years in prison and Taylor was sentenced to 35 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland.

By Stefanie Dazio  |  06:51 PM ET, 03/26/2012

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