CARTERET COUNTY, NC (WITN) Three Carteret County men have been convicted of kidnapping and assault and are headed to prison.
District Attorney Scott Thomas and Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck say 30-year-old Cade Jones of Newport, 41-year-old Thomas Willis, and 28-year-old Terence Jones, both of Beaufort, were convicted in the kidnapping and assault of Brittany Katen and Shawn Marshall that occurred April 18 through April 19 in Newport.
Police responded to the area of Carl Garner Road in Newport after one of the victims was able to escape and call for help. When police responded, they encountered Marshall, who had been beaten and cut with a box blade style knife, and learned that Katen was also being held inside of a residence located at 168 Carl Garner Road.
Officers went to the residence and rescued Katen, who was inside of the residence along with Willis, who was found in possession of a knife matching the description given by the victim.
Further investigation revealed that Cade Jones had a prior altercation with one of the victims and located them at the residence before tying them up with duct tape at gunpoint and, along with Willis and Terrence Jones, assaulted the victims with firearms and a knife before Marshall was able to escape and call for help.
Cade Jones was convicted of first-degree kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a felon and was sentenced to 10 to 13 years in prison.
Willis was convicted of first-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and sentenced to 7 to 11 years in prison.
Terrence Jones was convicted of first-degree kidnapping and discharging a weapon into occupied property and sentenced to 70-96 months in prison.