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A Lafayette man has pleaded guilty to having his wife kidnapped in a plot that ended when the two suspects drowned while trying to flee from police



Lafayette, LA – According to the court documents, his name is Michael Handley and he reached a guilty plea agreement in Judicial District Court in Lafayette.

The deal calls for him to serve concurrent terms, the longest being 35 years.

Prosecutors agreed to drop two conspiracy charges, one to commit second-degree murder and one to commit aggravated kidnapping, and one of violating a protective order, the report said.

They also reduced an aggravated kidnapping charge to second-degree kidnapping.

The 53-year-old man has been jailed in Lafayette Parish since August 2017, when he was arrested on charges accusing him of hiring a pair of Mississippi men to kidnap his wife, from who he was separated.

His wife was found alive in the van, which had been abandoned by the two kidnappers.