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Judge Tosses Convicted Kidnapper's Breach of Contract Suit Against His Hostages


A judge in Topeka, Kan., has dismissed a convicted kidnapper’s lawsuit claiming his hostages breached an agreement to hide him from police in exchange for an unspecified amount of money.

Judge Franklin Theis tossed the suit by inmate Jesse Dimmick on Jan. 9, the Associated Press reports. Dimmick was fleeing from police when he broke into the home of Jared and Lindsay Rowley in September 2009, according to earlier press accounts. He held them at knifepoint until he fell asleep.

Dimmick had sought $235,000 from the Rowleys in a counterclaim to their suit against him for trespass, intrusion and infliction of emotional distress. He blamed their failure to abide by the alleged agreement for the gunshot wound he suffered when police arrested him.

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