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  • Kiowa County kidnapping charges reduced

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  • Plea-bargaining was to the benefit of five individuals originally arrested as part of an alleged kidnapping and battery of Cody Mayes in Kiowa County. Several felonies originally charged on Dec. 3, 2013, as a result of the incident were dropped to lower misdemeanor charges.
    Rance Lothman, Roy Lothman, Cole Cobb, George Jackson and Dakota Godfrey were able in the most part to get felony charges reduced to lesser misdemeanor charges after plea-bargaining with Comanche County Attorney Gerald Woolwine who prosecuted the cases.
    All received standard one-year probations, to be supervised by the 16th Judicial District Court Services after pleading guilty, or no contest, to plea-bargained charges. All were responsible for paying $2,591 in restitution, jointly and severally with others charged in the incident, court costs of $158, booking fee of $45, and a probation supervision fee of $60. Jackson additionally had to pay a Board of Indigent Defense Services fee of $100 and the vouched fee for his court appointed attorney.
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