A 59-year-old Lebanon man has pleaded guilty for his role in the 2011 kidnapping of a Lebanon girl.
Ronald Gene Wright waived his right to a formal arraignment and pleaded guilty Monday to class A misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. He was originally charged with a class A felony of child kidnapping. Wright is to appear before Laclede County Associate Circuit Judge Larry Winfrey for a sentencing hearing on Oct. 22 at the Laclede County Courthouse, according to online court records.
Wright was one of two people charged in the Aug. 13, 2011, kidnapping of a 4-year-old girl from her home in the 1600 block of Amy Drive. Patricia Daniels, 46, allegedly loaded the girl into Wright’s van, and they took her to Walmart, where the girl was recovered and Wright and Daniels were arrested by the Lebanon Police Department, according to a probable cause statement released at the time.
Daniels is scheduled for a pre-trial conference Dec. 3, and a jury trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 14, 2013, with 26th Circuit Court Judge Stan Moore presiding.
According to a probable cause statement, officers were called at about 1:34 p.m. on Aug. 13, 2011, to a home in the 1600 block of Amy Drive where the kidnapping had been reported.
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