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Harper Sentenced in Sussex Kidnapping Case

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- A teen convicted of participating in the kidnapping and carjacking of an 89-year-old woman in Sussex County was sentenced Friday in Delaware Superior Court. 

A judge sentenced Rondaiges Harper, 19, to 30 years for his involvement in the crime. 

The prosecution argued Harper, along with three other teenagers, kept Margaret Smith stuffed in the trunk of her own car for almost 48 hours before dumping her in a secluded cemetery in Seaford. They say Junia McDonald, who was 14-years-old at the time and Jackeline Perez, who was 15, were the ones who initially confronted Smith. Police believe they robbed her, and then threw her in the trunk of the car. They then went and picked up Harper, as well as one other teenager Phillip Brewer. The prosecution said that for over 48 hours, the four had driven in the car, stopping to shop, eat, and stay at a hotel.

Harper's attorney, John Brady, said his client was not present when the initial carjacking and kidnapping took place in Sussex County.  Harper could have faced up to 66 years for his crime in Sussex County.
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