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Details surface, indictment papers released in Devonta Pollard case

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Devonta Pollard's role, per the indictment, in the alleged kidnapping, was that of a driver. (USATSI)
Devonta Pollard's role in an alleged kidnapping was that of a driver. (USATSI)

The details from a kidnapping case allegedly involving Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard are now emerging.

Tuscaloosanews.com is reporting FBI agents working the case of a minor child are alledging that Pollard assisted with an abduction. The FBI maintains it has reason to believe Pollard "knew that his mother planned to kidnap her cousin's daughter from a Mississippi elementary school in April and say that he gave a ride to a woman who later dropped the child off in rural Mississippi."

The girl who was allegedly kidnapped was found unharmed a day later.

Pollard was charged in the case in early May. He's one of seven people listed on a grand jury's report, which lists four counts: kidnapping and abducting a minor female; that the kidnapping was done "for ransom or reward or otherwise;" to conceal the whereabouts of a minor female; and obstruction of justice.

The indictment, which was released Wednesday, is embedded at the bottom of this story.

"Devonta Pollard, drove to Boligee, Alabama, picked up Shaquayla S. Johnigan, and took her to meet Jessie Mae Brown Pollard," according to the District Attorney's report. "Pollard then gave the child, Jashayla Hopson, to Johnigan, who took Pollard's rental car and traveled to Laurel, Mississippi where she checked into a hotel room. Later, Jessie Mae Brown Pollard called Johnigan and told her to send a text message to Jashayla's mother from the cell phone, which was still in the rental car, stating “since you called police, I want $50,000 by 3 p.m., I will tell you location later.”

Pollard Kidnapping Release

The 18-year-old Pollard, a former McDonald's All-American, faces a maximum of five years behind bars and a $250,000 fine, if found guilty.

Devonta Pollard indictment

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