LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday, Aug. 26, that two of the four defendants in a plan to kidnap a young child will serve time in prison.
Talia Renee Furman, 33, of Battle Creek, and David Lee Bailey, 37, of Kalamazoo were sentenced today before Branch County Circuit Court Judge P. William O’Grady.
Furman was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison for Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and 11-50 years in prison for Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping.
Bailey was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison for Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and 5.5 years to 50 years in prison for Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping.
According to a press release by the Michigan Department of Attorney General, both defendants pleaded guilty in June to one felony count of Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping and one felony count of Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.
The press release said that upon further investigation into a tip from a witness that evidence was retrieved from Bailey's home revealed that he and his girlfriend, Jayme LaPoint, along with Matthew Toole and Furman laid out a plan to kidnap a child from a local county fair, sexually abuse and murder that child.
“I appreciate the Court’s decision and commitment to ensuring justice in this case was served," Nessel said. "I am incredibly proud of the swift action taken by the Michigan State Police and our career prosecutors who intercepted these plans to carry out heinous crimes and prevented Michigan children from being harmed.”
A trial for Toole begins Tuesday, Oct. 22. LaPoint, who pleaded guilty to the same charges in late July, will be sentenced Monday, Sept. 23.
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