The man accused of transporting a 14-year-old girl to Connecticut pleaded guilty in Bell Circuit Court on Monday. David Hernandez, 51, of New Britain, Conn., pleaded guilty to one count of custodial interference.
According to the plea agreement, Commonwealth Attorney Karen Greene Blondell recommended a five-year sentence in the penitentiary. If the sentence is probated, he will be placed on probation for five years. The time Hernandez has spent in jail will go toward the plea agreement as well.
Blondell also recommended Hernandez pay a sum of $2,900 to the Bell County Fiscal Court to reimburse the county for transportation costs, according to the plea agreement. The parents of the teenager were present in court for the agreement.
Hernandez’s final sentencing will take place on April 1.
Hernandez was indicted on the charge on March 6 by the Bell County Grand Jury. He was also in court on Friday, where he entered a not guilty plea during a formal arraignment.
In other court news, a man who pleaded guilty to stealing a 2006 Caterpillar backhoe was formally sentenced in Bell Circuit Court. Toby G. Haley, 43, of Pineville, was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary on the charge of receiving stolen property under $10,000.
If the sentence is probated, he will be placed on five years supervised probation. He will also be forced to pay restitution in the amount of $2,463.85 to Hinkle Contracting Company.