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Third of four defendants sentenced for kidnapping, torturing Wilmington man earlier this year

Kayla Floyd, 33, pled guilty to kidnapping and torturing a man along with three other defendants

WILMINGTON — Kayla Floyd pled guilty to her role in in case involving the kidnapping and beating of a victim at a Market Street motel in March.

Floyd, 33, will serve up to 9.4 years in prison for robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. She was sentenced in New Hanover Superior Court Tuesday and is one of four defendants involved in the brutal attack.

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Richard Blanton, 32, was the first to plead guilty and face charges on June 14. the victim indicated Blanton was one of the primary aggressors. Kimberly Martinez entered a guilty plea Sept. 20 and faces eight years in prison.

Charges against Alvin Sabatell are still pending.

Officers responded to the McDonald’s at 4301 Market St. shortly before 6:30 a.m. on March 28 to find a 32-year-old man severely beaten. He reported he had been lured to the Travel Inn by one of the females involved, who he had met a few days prior.

Once he arrived, he was held at knifepoint, stripped naked, tied up and assaulted with lighters, cigarettes, a tow rope, a belt and other weapons for hours by the four defendants. The victim told detectives the four threatened to kill him after accusing him os sexually assaulting one of the women — an accusation the victim denied.

The defendants also stole the victim’s money, watch and his truck. He was able to escape and ran to the nearby McDonald’s for help. He suffered various injuries including a broken nose.

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