A Loyalsock Township woman is on her way to state prison after pleading guilty Monday to her involvement in the abduction and assault of a man in October.
Lisa M. Beehler, 42, of 1546 Randall Circle, entered a guilty plea to felony counts of kidnapping and aggravated assault before Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts.
Butts immediately sentenced Beehler to spend four to eight years in state prison.
According to city police, Beehler along with her son, Matthew, and Lock Haven University student Donald H. Gentner III assaulted Daniel Harrold, the now estranged boyfriend of Lisa Beehler's daughter, Naomi Miles. The group then threw Harrold into the trunk of a sedan and drove several miles north to Pine Township.
The day of the abduction and assault, Harrold had been involved in a domestic disturbance with Miles. Later that day Lisa Beehler loaded up a pickup truck with her daughter's belongings, and Harrold agreed to help Beehler unload the items at a storage facility.
After unloading the items, Lisa Beehler struck Harrold with a sledge hammer. A group of other people, allegedly including Matthew Beehler and Gentner, arrived and allegedly bound Harrold's hands and forced him into the trunk of the car.
Harrold managed to escape and call 911 after he popped open the trunk and rolled down an embankment.
Lisa Beehler, at the time of her arrest, also was charged with misdemeanor counts of making terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple assault and theft by unlawful taking. The misdemeanor charges were dropped in exchange for her guilty plea to the two felony charges.
The charges against Matthew Beehler, 24, of McElhatten, and Gentner, 20, of Jersey Shore, which include felony counts of kidnapping, assault and conspiracy, are pending, and both men remain incarcerated in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $300,000 bail.
Matthew Beehler is scheduled to be arraigned before Lycoming County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio later this month.