Thursday, April 1, 2010
Man pleads guilty to home invasion and kidnapping
A 29-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the violent home invasion and gunpoint kidnapping of a Steinbach-area couple.
Evan Woywoda was set to go on trial in late April but changed his mind Wednesday and elected not to fight the charges. He has been in custody since the August 2008 incident and will be sentenced later this spring.
RCMP said at the time the victims were abducted in the middle of the night from a home in the Rural Municipality of La Broquerie by two men armed with a rifle. The husband was taken first but managed to escape. The accused then returned to the home and grabbed his wife, driving her to a bank in Steinbach where she was ordered to withdraw cash.
The woman was rescued by police, who spotted the suspect vehicle and arrested the accused without incident. Neither victim suffered any serious physical injuries.
RCMP believed the unusual incident was an attempted extortion. It's believed at least one of the accused knew the victims.
A co-accused, Danilo Wiebe, previously pleaded guilty to similar charges for his role and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.