Grand Island woman to be sentenced next month in kidnapping case

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A trial for a Grand Island woman, which was suppose to start January 7, won't be happening after she took a plea deal in the case.

Olivia Perez, 22, faced four felony charges connected to the kidnapping of Tanner Fenton. The 27-year-old was found bound and gagged near Husker Highway and North Road in Grand Island back on June 4.

According to Hall County District Court documents, Perez pleaded guilty to 2nd degree felony kidnapping and robbery charges after those charges were lowed from first degree felonies. A burglary and assault charge were dropped.

Fenton told police that multiple people entered his residence, one at gunpoint and damaged his home. They assaulted him with a flashlight as well. He was then restrained and driven to Husker Hwy where he was left.

Police say Fenton suffered a broken nose and orbital socket.

Fenton's phone and vehicle were also stolen and police later found Fenton's car in L.E. Ray lake where someone had driven it into the water.

In addition to Perez, two teenagers were charged as adults in the case.

Alicen Cote was sentenced to a minimum of six years in prison for each conviction of kidnapping and robbery. The judge is allowing Cote to serve both sentences at the same time.

Fernando Lopez was convicted of felony assault and aiding and abetting a kidnapping. He was sentenced to 6-12 years in prison on each count. He will be allowed to serve the sentences at the same time.

Perez is out on bond will be sentenced at 2 p.m. on February 19.