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Augusta man sentenced to life in kidnapping of mother and child

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 6:36 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 12:30 AM
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Leonard Sapp had already spent a lot of years in prison. Now he will spend the rest of his life there.



On Tuesday in Richmond County Superior Court, Judge J. David Roper sentenced Sapp to life without parole and added 44 more years for the Sept. 26 kidnapping of a young woman and her baby from an Augusta gas station.

It was, Roper said, “a jump-out-of-the-bushes kidnapping in a true sense.”

In July, a jury convicted Sapp, 44, of kidnapping with bodily injuries, kidnapping, carjacking and four traffic violations.

Ashley Nay told the jury what happened the night she stopped for gas and a treat for her 2-year-old daughter – how she followed Sapp’s commands about where to drive after he put a knife to her baby’s throat.

Nay tried to stay calm and on Hicks Street in the Harrisburg community she saw an opportunity to escape, she testified. Instead of ignoring what could have appeared to be a domestic dispute, Iguana Mills intervened, getting the baby out of the vehicle and then helping Nay get loose from Sapp, who had begun punching Nay.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Homlar filed a recidivist notice in the case before the trial began. Because of Sapp’s prior felony convictions, any sentence the judge imposed had to be served without the possibility of parole.

Sapp’s criminal history included five felonies for stealing, breaking into a home, robbery, and domestic violence.

Michael Arrington of the public defender’s office asked Roper to consider something less than the maximum penalties. Although life in prison was the only possible sentence for kidnapping with bodily injuries, the kidnapping and carjacking sentencing range is 10 to 20 years.

Noting it was impossible for Sapp not to know he was kidnapping a woman and her child – getting into the vehicle he climbed over the child strapped into her car seat – and that there was sufficient evidence that Sapp used a knife, Roper sentenced him to the maximum possible sentence for each crime and ordered the sentences to run consecutively.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 09/10/13 - 09:05 pm
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Good.

Judge Overstreet, take note.

Augustaisdying
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Augustaisdying 09/11/13 - 12:54 am
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I agree with Fiat_Lux
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On both counts. Thanks, Judge Roper. Judge Overstreet, take notice, or take your leave.

Is there hope yet?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/11/13 - 07:12 am
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Serious Question About A Serious Oversight

When is the Augusta Commission, or the ARC Mayor, going to recognize Iguana Mills as the Citizen hero that she is?

A simple proclamation or Official plaque is at least in order.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNQ47KgVQtY
(Produced by AC Sara Caldwell)
ARC needs more like her willing to act.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 09/11/13 - 10:41 am
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Finally there is a judge with the guts to give a thug the sentence he deserved. It's too bad most of the rest are bleeding heart liberals who need to be voted out.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 09/11/13 - 11:06 am
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Public Defenders

I just don't understand how this attorney could actually ask the judge to consider something less than the maximum sentences. When you have someone who is apparently a repeat offender, who would hold a knife to a baby's throat, you want to ease up on his sentences??? For every crime he is guilty of, he should get the maximum for each of those crimes.

I know the Public Defenders have a tough job - I couldn't do it. Sure, the punishment has to fit the crime, but when you have career criminals out there, at some point you have to get tough.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/11/13 - 11:49 am
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It is the defense's job, no

It is the defense's job, no matter their personal feeling, to get the defendant the best possible outcome. If not, the accused has legitimate appeal avenues.

Glad to see Roper had the fortitude to put this piece of human debris away permanently.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/11/13 - 12:25 pm
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The sentence...

...is not long enough. Two or three life sentences would be better. So would death.

happychimer
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happychimer 09/12/13 - 12:53 pm
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Life without parole means he

Life without parole means he can't be paroled and has to stay in prison till he dies. good sentence.

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