‘Leader’ in attempted abduction sentenced
The second of two men charged with the attempted abduction of three young girls in the South Hill area in June of this year was sentenced in Mecklenburg County last week.
Judge Leslie Osborn sentenced Kindely Lee Gregory of Baskerville to a 15-year prison sentence on the charge of abduction with intent to defile. The court, however, suspended eight years of the sentence, leaving Gregory with an active sentence of seven years to serve.
Conditions for the suspended sentence were that Gregory must remain on good behavior for 15 years following his release from prison. He will also be required to undergo two years of supervised probation and have no contact with the victims or their families.
Speaking after the sentencing, Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Nash said he had requested an active prison term of eight years. Sentencing guidelines, he added, called for a high end of six years and eight months.
“So,” said Nash, “the active term is an upward departure of the sentencing guidelines.”
Nash said that during sentencing, Osborne had based the upward sentence on Gregory’s role as the leader during the incident, his previous history and the negative impact the incident had on the victims.
“And,” Nash added, “he also has to remain on good behavior for 15 years after his release. He’ll be under supervised probation for two years. He can have no contact with the victims or their families, and, at my request, he is forbidden to be alone with any juveniles he is not related to. I made the request, and the judge so ordered it.”
According to testimony, the incident took place on June 13 after co-defendant Michael A. Baskerville agreed to drive Gregory to a scheduled appointment. The pair stopped at a restaurant and noticed the thee girls. As the young ladies left and proceeded to a residence on Highway 47 outside of South Hill, Baskerville and Gregory followed on the pretext of asking for directions to Interstate 85.
Gregory and Baskerville reportedly left the vehicle and began talking with the girls. According to testimony, Gregory made sexually explicit comments to the girls, offered them alcohol and attempted to pull off a towel one of the girls had wrapped around her.
Testimony also indicated that Baskerville did not make sexual suggestive statements nor touch any of the girls.
The incident ended when one of the girls said that she was the granddaughter of a man that Gregory claimed to know. The girls involved quickly reported the incident to adults, and an investigation was launched which led to the arrests of Baskerville and Gregory.
Baskerville was charged with abduction in the incident while Gregory faced charges of abduction with intent to defile. Both men eventually agreed to enter Alford pleas in the case.
During Baskerville’s sentencing in November, Osborn noted that prior to this case, Baskerville’s record had been without criminal infractions other than driving without a license. He also said that because of his lack of criminal history and the fact that he had not made comments or tried to touch the girls, he was handing down a sentence within the guidelines. Baskerville was sentenced to a five-year prison term with all but six months suspended. Time already served while awaiting trial will count toward his active sentence.
Baskerville was also ordered to remain on good behavior for 10 years after release, have no contact with the victims and will undergo one year of supervised probation after release from custody.