Guilty plea in Columbia Sportswear boss plot

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Posted: Mar 22, 2011 2:09 AM
Guilty plea in Columbia Sportswear boss plot

Oregon authorities say a man accused of plotting to kidnap Columbia Sportswear Chairwoman Gert Boyle has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against his two other co-defendants.

Clackamas County Chief Deputy District Attorney Greg Horner told KGW-TV that Jose Luis Arevalo made the plea Monday.

The Oregonian reports that Arevalo pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery, burglary and criminal conspiracy. Ramon Alberto Midence and Nestor Gabriel Caballero Gutierrez face similar charges.

Arevalo told investigators he drove to Boyle's house "for the purpose of kidnapping her," and that he was to receive $20,000 for his role.

Boyle foiled the Nov. 10 abduction attempt by telling one man she had to disable her security alarm, then tripping a silent alarm that called police to her home in a Portland suburb.