Wal-Mart Kidnapper Sentenced 17 Oct 12

The Worthington woman who abducted an employee at the New Ulm Wal-Mart earlier this year and claimed there was a bomb in the store has been sentenced to 20 years of probation. 38-year-old Elisheba Joy Swett received a stayed 20-year prison sentence Tuesday in Brown County Court. She had pleaded guilty to kidnapping for ransom and terroristic threats involving an explosive device as part of a plea deal and several other charges were dismissed, including attempted robbery, assault and theft. Swett had admitted to confronting the Wal-Mart cashier on June 14th and forcing her from the New Ulm store while saying there was bomb in the building. No bomb was found following the evacuation of the store. Along with the 20 years of supervised probation, Swett was also ordered to have no contact with the victim, or any Wal-Mart store, will be required to register as a predatory offender, and was fined over $3,000. She will also likely be required to pay Wal-Mart over $100,000 in restitution.