Athens Woman Sentenced For Role In Branch Co. Kidnapping Plot
A 20-year-old Athens woman will be staying behind bars for at least a quarter century for her involvement in a kidnapping and sexual assault plot in Branch County.
Jayme LaPoint was sentenced in court in Coldwater Monday to 25-to-50 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to kidnap and two other charges of 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct. One of the sexual conduct charges was from a July 2018 case involving a two-year-old girl she was babysitting. The other was from her role in a four-person plot to kidnap a child for immoral purposes. Several other charges were dropped in exchange for the guilty plea on the three charges. LaPoint has been credited for 405 days served, and will register as a sex offender and will be required to wear an electronic tether for the rest of her life.
In August, 33-year-old Talia Furman of Springfield and 37-year-old David Bailey of Coldwater were sentenced to spend concurrent terms of 25-to-50 years in prison for their roles in the kidnapping plot. Their sentences followed guilty pleas that had their conspiracy to commit murder charges dropped as part of the plea deal. Also part of the plea bargain is their testimony against Matthew Toole of Battle Creek, who faces the same charges when his trial in Branch County begins in October. Toole is already behind bars after he was sentenced in March to concurrent 25-to-70 years for two first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges of a minor in Calhoun County. He is currently serving at the Harrison Corrections Facility in Adrian.
Talia Furman's sentence will run concurrently with her 25-to-70 year sentence she received in Calhoun County in April for first-degree criminal sexual conduct of a minor for which she entered a no contest plea.
Investigators in the case say that the group had plotted to kidnap a young child at a fair or gathering with the intent to rape, torture and kill the child.