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Woman sentenced for lying to FBI in Wake Forest kidnap case

Posted October 23, 2014 8:31 p.m. EDT
Updated October 24, 2014 2:07 p.m. EDT

Frank Janssen

— Federal authorities say a woman has been sentenced to three months in prison for lying to the FBI during a kidnapping investigation involving the father of a Wake County assistant prosecutor.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Thursday that Chason Renee Chase, 24, also received three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to making false statements to federal agents in the April kidnapping of Frank Janssen in Wake Forest.

Chase pleaded guilty in August.

Prosecutors say Janssen's kidnapping was directed by Kenneth Melton, a high-ranking Bloods street gang member, whom Wake County Assistant District Attorney Colleen Janssen prosecuted. He was sentenced to life in prison.

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

Janssen was rescued by the FBI from an apartment in southeast Atlanta five days after he was kidnapped from his home.

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