Man who kidnapped boy faces life prison term today
July 24, 2012
A Minden man who admitted to kidnapping an 11-year-old boy from an outdoor church outing faces life in prison with the possibility of parole after five years this morning in Douglas County District Court
Jacob Wilcher, 21, will have to register as a sex offender and be under lifetime supervision as a result of the Sept. 11, 2011, incident.
At a hearing in June, a teacher at the Lifepoint church in Minden said she was holding an outdoor class for youth members when a man, identified as Wilcher, approached the class, grabbed the boy, and ran around the side of the building.
When church officials caught up to Wilcher he had removed all his clothes and had detained the boy. Church officials grabbed the boy, and attempted to apprehend Wilcher. He broke free, ran to his vehicle, and drove away.
A member of the congregation followed Wilcher in his vehicle until deputies were able to catch up and forced Wilcher’s vehicle from the road.
Wilcher testified Tuesday that he was afraid his mother was going to kick him out of the house, and he didn’t want to be homeless so he devised a plan to get arrested.
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“I thought I would be better off in jail,” he said. “I took my clothes off to get another charge that would cause me to be in jail a longer time.”
Wilcher has remained in Douglas County Jail since his arrest on more than $328,000 bail. He spent several months being evaluated at Lakes Crossing Center for the Mentally Disordered Offender. Wilcher was determined to be competent to aid in his defense with medication.
He rejected pleas of guilty but mentally ill, and not guilty by reason of insanity.