his furniture and other items pleaded guilty today in Wayne County
Detroit residents Leonard Duplessis, 23, and Cortez McAdoo, 22, had
been scheduled for trial in the May incident, but in a deal with Wayne
County prosecutors pleaded guilty to extortion and armed robbery.
Duplessis also pleaded to a felony firearms charge. Kidnapping charges
were dismissed for both men. Duplessis was remanded to custody, and
McAdoo was to be freed on an electronic tether.
Both men are scheduled for sentencing Jan. 6; Duplessis faces 5-20
years in prison and McAdoo faces 4-20 years.
Their victim, Swift, was released from prison in May 2008 after
evidence that wasn’t introduced at trial exonerated him of a rape. He
had served 26 years in prison. Swift testified at the men’s
preliminary examinations that they had kidnapped him because he owed
Duplessis money for drugs. Swift was profiled in a recent Metro Times
cover story about the difficulties exonerated prisoners face once they
are released (see “Swift's Justice,” Nov. 18).