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James von Brunn Sentenced for Attempted Kidnapping of Federal Reserve Board Members

Friday, April 22, 1983

D.C. Superior Court Judge Harriett R. Taylor sentenced a 62-year-old New Hampshire man to a minimum term of more than four years in prison yesterday for trying to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve Board in 1981.

James Von Brunn of Lebanon, N.H., was sentenced to various terms on charges of attempted kidnaping while armed, second-degree burglary while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a pistol without a license and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Von Brunn was arrested at board headquarters and told police that he wanted to take board members hostage because of their role in the nation's economic difficulties.


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