An Arizona man facing charges of kidnapping in an allegedly violent attack in Turlock has agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to three years in prison, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorneys Office.
Defendant Aden Aden, 23, initially was charged with kidnapping, robbery, vehicle theft and possession of a stolen vehicle in connection with the Turlock incident.
Adens preliminary hearing was scheduled to continue this week, but he instead pleaded guilty to robbery as part of the deal with prosecutors. The rest of the charges were dropped.
The defendant was sentenced Monday shortly after he pleaded guilty.
Assistant District Attorney Carol Shipley said the decision to agree to a plea deal was based on what the prosecution could prove in court beyond a reasonable doubt. She said the victim was present at the preliminary hearing and ready to proceed with the case.
The California Highway Patrol said Aden was driving a car stolen in Tempe, Ariz., where he is from, two days before the reported kidnapping on May 10.
Aden was heading north on Highway 99 through Turlock about 4:15 a.m. when he saw the woman walking on the side of the road, pulled up beside her and asked if she needed a ride, according to the CHP.
The woman told authorities Aden choked and punched her before dragging her to the cars back seat. She escaped when a CHP officer intervened.
Adens preliminary hearing started in May but it was stalled after he told his defense attorney he did not understand everything said in English. The defendant told the judge he needed a Somali interpreter.
After the court obtained the services of a Somali interpreter in June, the judge scheduled the preliminary hearing to resume this week. As of Wednesday afternoon, Aden remained in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail waiting to be taken to a state prison to serve his sentence.