Man gets more prison time in kidnap plot

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- A Johnson City man will spend an additional six years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to hire the kidnapping of a judge's wife and a prosecutor's children.

Investigators said 34-year-old Shawn Allen Hughes made a down payment, thinking he was hiring a kidnapper to abduct the children of Assistant District Attorney Erin McArdle and the wife of Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp.

The Johnson City Press reported authorities said the scheme was in retribution for Cupp sending Hughes to jail for 15 years after he earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated rape.

District Attorney General Tony Clark said a Washington County Detention Center employee got wind of what Hughes was planning and the TBI accessed his phone records and put a wireless device in his jail cell.


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