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North Iowa man pleads guilty to kidnapping

North Iowa man pleads guilty to kidnapping

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CRYSTAL LAKE | A Crystal Lake man accused of confining a woman against her will and seriously injuring her has pleaded guilty to felony third-degree kidnapping and willful injury.

Christopher James Moore, 27, will be sentenced May 1 in Hancock County District Court. 

Moore beat the victim so severely during the Aug. 2 incident she required transport to the hospital via helicopter, according to law enforcement.

Iowa Assistant Attorney General Laura Roan filed trial information Aug. 24 charging Moore with first-degree kidnapping, willful injury resulting in serious injury, domestic abuse assault by strangulation and false imprisonment.

Moore was to be tried April 2 on those charges. If convicted on the first-degree kidnapping charge, he would have been required to serve a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

Moore agreed on Tuesday to plead guilty to a reduced charge of third-degree kidnapping in addition to the willful injury charge, according to court documents.

Those charges are punishable by up to 10 years in prison each. 

They are forcible felonies so Moore is no longer eligible for bail and will remain in custody while he awaits sentencing. 

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