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Athens man pleads guilty to holding own parents hostage


An Athens man was sentenced yesterday for holding his parents hostage for twenty-four hours in December.

Walter D. Hunter, 36, changed his plea to guilty yesterday and was sentenced to seven years, six months in prison, according to a news release from Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn.

Hunter held his mother and father hostage in their bedroom for 24 hours between December 8 and 9, 2010, said Blackburn in the release. During that time, he fired a gun and stole prescription medication from his mother, according to the release.

Hunter pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, aggravated burglary and two counts of kidnapping, all of which are first-degree felonies, according to the release. Hunter also pleaded guilty to felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony.

Hunter was ordered to have no contact with the victims and is required to pay court costs within 18 months, according to the release.

—Ryan Clark


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