CRYSTAL LAKE — A Crystal Lake man will be spared a possible life sentence after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors in his kidnapping case.
27-year-old Christopher Moore was accused of confining a woman against her will and seriously injuring her on August 2nd of last year. A criminal complaint stated that a witness told a deputy she saw Moore throw the woman around and hit her numerous times in the front yard of her home after hearing the woman yelling for help. The victim was taken to the Hancock County Memorial Hospital and was later airlifted to Mercy-North Iowa in Mason City after sustaining possible head and neck injuries.
Moore was originally charged with first-degree kidnapping, a Class A felony that if convicted would have meant an automatic life prison sentence, as well as domestic abuse assault by strangulation, willful injury resulting in serious injury and false imprisonment.
Moore’s trial was scheduled to start on April 2nd in Hancock County District Court, but County Attorney Blake Norman tells KGLO News that Moore as part of a plea agreement has pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree kidnapping and willful injury causing serious injury, both Class C felonies, with the other charges being dismissed.
Norman says they’ll recommend that the sentences to those charges run consecutively for a total of 20 years in prison, while Moore’s defense will request they run concurrently for a total of 10 years. Moore is scheduled to be sentenced on May 1st.