Northeast Nebraska Man Gets 50 Years in Kidnapping Case

MADISON, Neb. (AP) - A northeast Nebraska man has been given 50 years in prison for trying to kidnap his former wife.

Online court records say 50-year-old Kevin Heldt, of Tilden, was sentenced on Monday. He'd pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping in exchange for prosecutors dropping several other charges. The judge credited Heldt with 337 days already served.

Madison County Attorney Joe Smith says Heldt took his ex-wife from her home in May 2013 and took her to an abandoned farm. Smith says Heldt hit his ex-wife and terrorized her while demanding money. The woman later escaped when Heldt was distracted.

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