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3 Pembroke men charged with kidnapping

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Three Pembroke men appeared in federal court on Monday on kidnapping charges.

Antonio Lamont Murray, 38, Cecil Dewitt Nelson, 32, and Gary Lenion McDonald, 35, make their first appearance before Judge G.R. Smith. 

They remain in custody pending detention hearings, which have yet to be scheduled. 

Murray, Nelson and McDonald were involved in two separate kidnappings in Bryan County, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

The first case occurred on Dec. 1. The victim was abducted at gunpoint and released only after a ransom of an estimated $19,000 was paid.  Another kidnapping occurred on Jan. 12. The victim was abducted at gunpoint and released only after a ransom of more than $250,000 was paid.

The maximum penalty is life in prison. 

The charges are the result of a joint investigation by the FBI, the U.S. Marshals, NCIS, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia State Patrol, the Bryan County Sheriff's Office, the Tattnall County Sheriff's Office, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, the Richmond Hill Police Department, the Pooler Police Department, the Pembroke Police Department and the Hinesville Police Department.  The investigation of this case remains ongoing.   

Anyone having information relating to the two alleged kidnappings are urged to call the CrimeStoppers tipline at 912. 234.2020. 

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