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DENVER (UPI) _ Two Nebraska men were placed on two years
probation Wednesday for the kidnapping and attempted
deprogramming of a follower of the Rev. Sun Myung Mon last year.
Lawrence G. Whelan, 24, and Jim L. Hilzendeger, 28, both of
Omaha, could have been sent to prison for two years and fined
$5,000 each. They had pleaded guilty earlier to a charge of
third-degree assault in a plea bargain, and charges of
second-degree kidnapping, conspiracy and false imprisonment were
Four others charged in the abduction of Unification Church
member Britta Adolfsson have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Dennis Whelan, Patrick Kinney, Juduth Kowal and Robert
Brandyberry will go on trial March 28.
Linda Miller, 34, pleaded guilty last fall to a conspiracy
charge in the case and was given a deferred sentence.
Adolfsson, 29, was abducted last May 26 as she walked down an
east Denver street after her Swedish parents hired Dennis Whelan,
52, an Omaha private investigator, to find their daughter and
take her to deprogrammers.
The parents became alarmed after learning that the young woman
planned to go to South Korea to marry a man she had not met.
Adolfsson, 29, was delivered to deprogrammers in Lyons, Kan., but
escaped June 2.
Lawrence Whelan is the son of Dennis Whelan and Hilzendeger is
Dennis Whelan's son-in-law.