BARRE — One of three people accused of robbing and kidnapping a man in Barre was sentenced in Washington County court Tuesday.
Leavitt Sayers, 26, of Williamstown, was sentenced to three to six years in prison, all suspended except for 14 months.
Sayers pleaded guilty in February to a felony count of unlawful restraint and a misdemeanor count of simple assault and admitted to a violation of probation for a previous grand larceny conviction.
He had been facing a felony counts of kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but the state amended the charges per the plea agreement. The state also agreed to drop felony counts of assault and robbery with a weapon and using a weapon while committing a felony.
Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault said in court Tuesday the state came to the agreement with Sayers because there were issues with the evidence that would have made it hard to prove at trial. Thibault did not elaborate on what those issues were.
Sayers has been held without bail at Northeast Correctional Complex since his arrest in August. He will soon be released on six months home confinement and will remain on probation until released from the court. If he violates his probation, he could serve the three to six years that were suspended.
Aaron L. Fleurrey, 28, of West Topsham, faces a felony charge of being an accessory to the kidnapping. He was also charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault and robbery and using a weapon while committing a felony. The third co-defendant, 29-year-old Alana Perras, of Calais, is also facing felony accessory to kidnapping and aiding in an assault and robbery.
Both have pleaded not guilty in the pending cases.
According to court records, a Williamstown resident called 911 on July 28 to report an unknown man had shown up claiming to have been tied up, pepper-sprayed, abducted and robbed. The caller told police the man had red marks on his wrists.
The victim told police he was abducted from the Green Acres apartments in Barre, where he was staying with a woman. He said he heard the woman talking to a man and another woman downstairs. He was summoned downstairs and was immediately pepper-sprayed in the face and punched, court records say.
The victim told police the alleged assailants stripped him down to his underwear and searched him for money. They then dressed him in other clothes and placed a pillowcase over his head before they “hog-tied” him with a jump rope, court records say.
The victim said he was then put into a truck, and a man and woman got in the front seat while another man with a knife got in the back seat with him, according to court records. The victim told police he was dropped off on a dirt road and was told he would be killed if he called the police. Police said they later identified the two men as Sayers and Fleurrey and the woman as Perras.