JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Seven people, including a former Alabama basketball player and his mother, have been charged with conspiring to kidnap a 6-year-old girl from an east Mississippi elementary school in a plot that allegedly involved a property dispute.
Among those named in a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday was 18-year-old Devonta Pollard, who played this past season as a freshman at the University of Alabama. Prosecutors said his mother, Jessie Mae Brown Pollard, led a scheme to kidnap the girl to pressure the child's mother in a dispute over some land. At one point, authorities said kidnappers demanded a $50,000 ransom for the girl.
The charges against Devonta Pollard's mother could carry a life sentence. He and the five other defendants face up to five years in prison. He was released on $10,000 bond.