Accused Summit kidnapper guilty of lesser charge |

Accused Summit kidnapper guilty of lesser charge

GRASS VALLEY ” Jurors found Charles Sullivan, charged with kidnapping a young woman he picked up hitchhiking on Donner Summit, guilty of false imprisonment and making criminal threats after 11 hours of deliberation Friday.

But they found the Pollock Pines man not guilty of the more serious charges of kidnapping, kidnapping with intent to rape and use of a gun, Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell said late Friday.

“It was half a win, but it was good,” Newell said. He praised Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson for her prosecution of the case and the jury of seven men and five women for their careful deliberations.

“There was a lot of reading back (of testimony). You could tell the jury was actively engaged in the review of evidence,” Newell said.

The 25-year-old hitchhiker, who was 24 at the time of the incident, had accused Sullivan, 61, of picking her up on Sept. 15 near Interstate 80 and Highway 20.

Then, after friendly conversation, he allegedly lured her to a secluded area near Bowman Lake, pointed a gun at her head, bound her wrists and ankles with handcuffs and zip-ties and said he wanted to “have some fun” for a few days.

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