A federal grand jury in Alexandria yesterday indicted former U.S. Park Policeman Paul Dwain Shepherd, 44, and his brother Billy Ray, 52, in connection with the aborted attempt last month to kidnap hotel and restaurant heir J. Willard Marriott or his wife Alice for $500,000 ransom.
Paul Shepherd was indicted on nine counts, including two counts of soliciting for the commission of a felony, traveling in interstate commerce to promote kidnaping and extortion, unlawfully transporting a firearm across state lines and converting Park Police property for his own use.
Both brothers were charged with conspiring to kidnap one of the Marriotts, extortion, attempting to abduct one of the Marriotts with the intent to extort money from them and conspiracy to commit extortion.
According to an FBI affidavit, Paul Shepherd solicited the aid of his brother and another man, who he learned after the incident, was an undercover FBI agent, to kidnap one of the Marriotts on Aug. 2, Paul Shepherd allegedly told the agent he was "tired of being a poor cop."
Instead of carrying out the elaborate plan, the FBI faked the abduction, then arrested both Shepherds.
If convicted, Paul Shepherd could face a penalty of 105 years to life and a $52,000 fine. Billy Shepherd could receive up to 50 years to life and a $21,000 fine, according to U.S. Attorney William B. Cummings.
Both suspects are free on $20,000 bond and are scheduled to be arraigned at 10 a.m. Monday.