Wal-Mart Kidnapper Guilty Plea 12 Sep 12

A Worthington woman accused of kidnapping an employee at the New Ulm Wal-Mart and claiming there was a bomb in the store pleaded guilty to kidnapping and terroristic threats in Brown County Court on Tuesday. 38-year-old Elisheba Joy Swett admitted to confronting the Wal-Mart cashier on June 14th and forcing her from the New Ulm store while claiming that she had planted a bomb in the building. The store was evacuated, but no bomb was found. Swett had faced multiple charges for the incident, including kidnapping, attempted robbery, assault, terroristic threats and theft. She remains in custody in the Brown County Jail with bail set at $100,000 after a request to be released was denied by Judge Robert Docherty on Tuesday. The judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled Swett’s sentencing for October 16th. She faces the possibility of spending up to 20 years in prison for the kidnapping charge, and a year in prison for terroristic threats.