Last Saturday evening Terrence Moore was on his way to Cambridge. According to reports he never made it because he was allegedly abducted by three men; Christopher McPherson and Lance McDonald of Lynn and Christopher Kravitz of Peabody. Police received a call that Moore had been kidnapped and that he was being held in Lynn. The call apparently came from Moore’s brother and/or sister who related to police that the incident likely arose as a result of a debt possibly owed to one of the defendants. Moore’s brother agreed to meet with the suspects near the Nahant Rotary to free Moore. The police arrived and spotted Moore. They arrested the three defendants charging each with Kidnapping, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Assault and Battery.
Kidnapping in Massachusetts is a crime pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 26. The law states that anyone who confines someone against his will is guilty of kidnapping and can be sentenced for up to ten years in prison. The statute has provisions for more Aggravated forms of Kidnapping as well. If for example the kidnapping is committed with the use of a firearm or assault weapon there is a ten year mandatory sentence attached. If serious bodily injury results there is a twenty five year minimum mandatory sentence.
The lawyer arguing bail for Kravitz stated that the three defendants and the victim in this case have mental health issues. This suggestion, if true might serve as a basis for a defense in this case. It may also serve as a mitigating factor in getting a favorable resolution for one or more of the defendants.