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Kidnapping suspects plead not guilty

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Three Pembroke men remain behind bars after pleading not guilty to federal charges in connection with the kidnappings of two Bryan County businessmen.

Antonio Lamont Murray, 38, Cecil Dewitt Nelson, 32, and Gary Lenion McDonald, 35, entered their pleas before a U.S. magistrate on Thursday.

WTOC has obtained a sealed indictment returned Feb. 10. The document shows the three men are charged with conspiracy to kidnap and the kidnappings of two men identified as "T.M" and "W.D." The indictment states that the defendants forcibly entered the Richmond Hill home of "T.M.", abducted him at gunpoint and held him in a trailer home in Pembroke on Dec. 1.

He was later released in Bulloch County after a business associate paid a $19,000 ransom.

Then in mid-January, the defendants forcibly entered the Pembroke home of "W.D" and abducted him at gunpoint. He was later released after his wife dropped of a $250,000 ransom to specified location in Chatham County.

According to the indictment, $14,000 was also seized from the defendants' homes.

Prosecutors are requesting that the money be forfeited to the government along with a 2002 Cadillac DeVille and a golf cart with custom wheels.

The three men will remain in custody until their next proceeding.

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