Jesse Mae Pollard Found Guilty

Jesse Mae Pollard
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Jackson, Miss. A federal jury has convicted Jesse Mae Brown Pollard of kidnapping a 6-year-old relative to pressure the girl's mother in a dispute over a piece of land and a portable storage shed in east Mississippi.

The jury Thursday afternoon convicted Pollard, a former teacher and basketball coach, of conspiracy, kidnapping and obstruction in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

The child was taken from East Kemper Elementary School in Scooba April 30, 2013, and dropped off unharmed in the rain near a stranger's mobile home the next day. By that time, prosecutors say the FBI was closing in on those they suspected in the case.

Prosecutors argued Pollard planned the abduction and wanted to use the girl "as leverage" to get her property back.