Guntown Man Sentened For Planning To Kidnap Judge

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A Guntown man has been sentenced for conspiracy to kidnap a judge. 28-year-old Matthew Fowler pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lee County Circuit Court before Special Circuit Judge Betty Sanders to one count of conspiracy for kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to commit house burglary. Fowler also pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. According to the Attorney General Fowler conspired with two other people to kidnap Judge Funderburk and burglarize his home on January 30th of last year. All three were arrested two days later. Sanders sentenced Fowler to a total of 10 years, with five of those years suspended, leaving five to serve, followed by five years of post-release supervision. Fowler also received three years for possession of a controlled substance, which will run concurrently to the conspiracy charges and was ordered to pay $500 to the Mississippi Crime Victims Compensation Fund.



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