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Bartee Found Guilty of Kidnapping Plot

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A former candidate for Sheriff - accused of plotting to kidnap a judge - has been found guilty. A former candidate for Sheriff - accused of plotting to kidnap a judge - has been found guilty.
A former candidate for Sheriff - accused of plotting to kidnap a judge - has been found guilty.

A 12 member jury says James Bartee is guilty of a kidnapping plot and the judge sentenced to a five year prison sentence.  

James Bartee was found guilty of solicitation to commit a felony.  Jury members deliberated for more than 2 hours before unanimously reaching a verdict.

Bartee’s attorney requested an appeal bond but it was denied. Bartee was taken from the courtroom by Oconee County Sheriff’s deputies to begin his sentence. Bartee will serve 5 years with five years probation and community service.

Originally Posted on August 30, 2013

James Bartee testified for more than 5 hours Friday denying that he plotted to kidnap former Judge James Williams. Bartee allegedly hired a man named Nick Blackwell to kidnap Williams so Williams would miss a court hearing.

"I adamantly deny everything," Bartee said while being cross examined.

Bartee testified that Blackwell was only a supporter for his campaign. He told the court exactly what he thinks of Blackwell.

"I thought he was grandiose, a wannabe and crazy," Bartee says.

Bartee says he met Blackwell in 2012 when he was running for Oconee County Sheriff. In May 2012 former Judge Williams filed a motion against Bartee calling into question his qualifications for Sheriff.

The prosecution alleges Bartee plotted to have Williams kidnapped so he would miss the next hearing for that motion on May 30. Prosecution says Bartee was desperate to win the election which is why he plotted the kidnapping.

The defense rested their case Friday. Closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday at the Oconee County Courthouse in Walhalla. 

 

 
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