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Woman pleads guilty in kidnapping plot involving Wake ADA's dad

Posted August 29, 2014

Frank Janssen

— A South Carolina woman has admitted lying to federal agents during their investigation of the gang-related kidnapping of a Wake County prosecutor's father.

Chason Renee Chase, 24, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Columbia, S.C. The woman, who authorities say goes by the alias "Lady Jamaica," was questioned by FBI agents four days following the April 5 kidnapping of Frank Janssen, of Wake Forest.

Federal prosecutors say Janssen's kidnapping was directed by Kenneth Melton, a high-ranking Bloods street gang member who was sent to prison for life by Janssen's daughter.

Authorities say Chase, also a Bloods member, lied about knowing and communicating with Melton on a cellphone hidden in his jail cell.

Phone records showed the two had been in contact more than 50 times since February, and authorities say that, while the FBI was interviewing Chase, Melton had frantically been trying to contact her.

Agents rescued Janssen later that night from an Atlanta apartment.

Chase, who faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, will be sentenced at a later date.

Nine others, including Melton, still face charges in the case in North Carolina.


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  • Veronica Hammond Aug 29, 2014
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    If I'm reading the story correctly, she had nothing to do with the crime. She only lied about not knowing he had a phone. I could be wrong, but that's how the article reads to me.

  • 37 Aug 29, 2014

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    I completely agree. The family has suffered enough and this man's photo added nothing to the story.

  • REPUBLICAN HANS Aug 29, 2014

    Why not put her face on here instead of the victim?

  • NcNativeRaleigh Aug 29, 2014

    5 years! What a crock. I rather them stripped citizenship with a 1 way ticket.

  • Ginger Lynn Aug 29, 2014
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    5 years? really ? she will be less than 30 when she gets out!