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Alabama Basketball Player Devonta Pollard’s Trial Set For August; Formally Charged In Kidnapping Case

gavel-scalesAlabama basketball player Devonta Pollard faces  a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $250,000 fine for his alleged role in the kidnapping of a six-year old girl in Mississippi in April.

Pollard and five others were formally arraigned on Wednesday.  He is one of seven people charged in the case.  His mother, Jesse Mae Pollard, was charged with kidnapping  six-year old Jashayla Hopson last month.  She reportedly kidnapped her as part of a dispute with the girl’s mother, her cousin.

The four-count indictment was released Wednesday.  Some of the details:

- Before the kidnapping, Pollard met his mother and another woman, Shamarious Ruffin, earlier in the day in a church parking lot.  He gave them a screwdriver and a wrench.  Ruffin told him, “we fixin to do some crazy s#@%”

-It was Ruffin who took the young girl out of school.  Ruffin, Jesse Mae Pollard, Jashayla Hopson, and Ruffin’s infant daughter took off in a rental car, bought a cell phone and checked into a hotel.

-Devonta Pollard dropped off 21-year old Shaquayla Johnigan at the hotel in Bessemer, Alabama.  Johnigan then took Jashayla to  a hotel in Laurel, Mississippi.

-Johnigan sent a text message to the girl’s mother, demanding $50,000.

-The next day, Johnigan and another woman dropped off the girl at the side of the road.  She was unharmed.

-FBI agents searched Devonta Pollard’s car and found a receipt for the cell phone that was used to send the text message and a key card for the Bessemer hotel room.

Pollard appeared in every Alabama game last season, starting eight contests, averaging 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds as a freshman. A five-star recruit from Porterville, Mississippi, he was widely recruited coming out of high school.

 


4 comments
MoKelly1
MoKelly1

What I do not understand is how the school released the child to a non-parent. That just should not happen.

JarrenBlake
JarrenBlake

Well, I would think there was more to the involvement than whats listed up above. The various reports are all kinda scattered as to just what he knew and was present for. Knowing a crime is happening is not conspiracy to committ, nor is dropping a person off at a hotel. The person talking to him about doing something crazy...thats not an admission or statement as to what specifically they are doing. So far, he is seemingly only guilty by association and maybe of not being a good sammaritan and reporting the incident to police if he knew more.  

hardyjj
hardyjj

Sounds like he got caught up in some dumb family sh*t. My wife is a public defender, and she sees stuff like this all the time. Probably a dispute about visitation that got out of hand, then some dumb/crazy people started making some dumb/crazy decisions. It's a shame for Devonta that he got caught up in it. HOWEVER... they don't really have much on him, and they're probably only charging him in the conspiracy to pressure him into talking. I imagine he'll get through it without any jail time, especially if he doesn't already have a record. 

Toxic relatives, though. Gotta know when to say no to toxic relatives. That's on Devonta.

JarrenBlake
JarrenBlake

When its your mother and the woman that raised you, it becomes difficult to just distance yourself, especially at that age.

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