Two of four defendants accused of robbing and kidnapping a Tacoma man held captive for 18 hours have been sentenced on lesser charges.
Jason Branch, 32, was found guilty of second-degree assault and sentenced to eight months in jail.
Zachary McGriff, 25, was convicted of obstruction of law enforcement and making a false or misleading statement to a public servant.
He was sentenced to nearly nine months in jail.
Jurors acquitted them of kidnapping and robbery charges.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Susan Serko sentenced the men Feb. 24 after the jury’s Feb. 10 verdict.
Co-defendants Danielle Carter, 33, and John Harniss, 27, were found not guilty.
The group was accused of robbing, kidnapping and assaulting the Tacoma man as he was getting into his car at his house June 3.
According to charging papers, they punched the man, took his cellphone and wallet, and used his debit card at an ATM.
The man later told police the group held him for 18 hours in Branch and Carter’s home, where he was guarded by Branch. The man said he asked to use the bathroom and escaped through the bathroom window.
According to Harniss’ attorney, Dana Ryan, the prosecutors’ case fell apart with the testimony of the victim.
Property he said was stolen was found in his car and during the time he said he was kidnapped he was seen at a fast-food restaurant, another house in East Tacoma and Point Defiance park, Ryan said.
“The more he explained what happened it just got harder to believe,” the attorney said.
Asked for his take on the outcome of the trial, Deputy Prosecutor attorney Terry Lane said, “The jury just found reasonable doubt.”