William Robert Fearing, 20, was sentenced Friday to 27 months in prison for holding his ex-girlfriend and their child against their will in a vehicle that he intentionally crashed.
The crash happened Dec. 28 on Crow Wing County Road 142 near Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.
According to court documents, Fearing got into his ex-girlfriend's car and told her to drive to Lum Park. Their child also was in the car. Because she feared for her life and the life of her child, his ex-girlfriend said she complied with Fearing.
At Lum Park, Fearing became enraged, court documents said, grabbed the car keys from his ex-girlfriend, opened the driver's side door and pushed her into the passenger seat. Fearing then traveled down county roads at speeds up to 120 mph. While driving down the road Fearing made comments about killing himself and his ex-girlfriend. He then intentionally swerved the car into the ditch, causing it to roll over. The car eventually came to rest on its wheels.
After the crash Fearing pulled his ex-girlfriend's hair, strangled her and kicked her. She was able to escape to a nearby residence to call 911.
Fearing was charged with two counts of attempted intentional second-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, one count of domestic assault by strangulation, one count of child endangerment, one count of interfering with a 911 call and one count of violating an order for protection.
On Aug. 12, he entered into an agreement in which he pleaded guilty to felony kidnapping in exchange for the dismissal of the seven other criminals charges. He was sentenced Friday by Crow Wing County Judge Earl Maus.
Fearing must serve a minimum of 18 months in prison with nine months on maximum supervised release. He was given 286 days credit for time served and fined $3,160.
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