Clock ticking on plea decision for suspects in Nevada County kidnapping, false imprisonment case
Layla Callahan and David Munoz, facing charges of kidnapping and false imprisonment, have until Oct. 16 to accept a plea deal offered by prosecutors, attorneys said Monday, Sept. 18, in Nevada County Superior Court.
If Callahan, 23, and Munoz, 25, opt against taking the offer, prosecutors intend to have a judge set the case for trial.
“There’s an offer,” Deputy District Attorney James Morris said Monday.
Appearing before Judge Candace Heidelberger, defense attorney Zenia Gilg said she hopes Morris would return with an altered plea offer after reviewing certain evidence in the case.
“I think there’s a better chance today than there was last time we were here,” said Gilg, who represents Callahan, of a possible plea deal.
Attorneys gave no details about the possible deal. Both defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole if they go to trial and are convicted.
Authorities allege Callahan and Munoz earlier this year held a former boyfriend of Callahan’s at his home over a drug debt. At some point the man was released. He went to police and officers arrested Callahan and Munoz in February.
Callahan and Munoz remained in jail Monday under $500,000 in bond each.