Judge Allows Deferred Prosecution for Devonta Pollard

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Jackson, Miss.

A federal judge has approved a plea agreement allowing
Devonta Pollard to avoid prosecution in a kidnapping case
if he stays out of trouble for two years.

U.S. District Judge William Barbour in Jackson approved the deferred prosecution Tuesday.

Prosecutors offered the former University of Alabama basketball player the deal in exchange for his testimony against his mother, Jesse Mae Brown Pollard. The elder Pollard was convicted last month of orchestrating a plot to kidnap a 6-year-old relative in a dispute over a piece of land and a portable storage shed in east Mississippi.

The child was abducted in April from East Kemper Elementary School in Scooba and released unharmed the next day.

Devonta Pollard testified that he didn't know about the plot until after the girl was taken.

Five other people charged as accessories have pleaded guilty and await sentencing in January 2014. Jesse Pollard will be sentenced in February.