May 10, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Sovereign Citizen Movement

BARTOW, [FL]--The leader of a sovereign citizen group in Polk City, who faced armed kidnapping charges, has pleaded to lesser charges of battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Ronnie Lee Davis, 48, who faced life imprisonment if convicted of armed kidnapping, was sentenced to a year and a day in state prison Friday, immediately after entering his plea. Chief Assistant State Attorney Jacob Orr said investigators initially were told Davis was holding at least one woman against her will on his compound at 3341 Appalachian Trail in Polk City. That information led to his arrest in November. But as the investigation continued and prosecutors took sworn statements from witnesses, concerns began to surface, he said, resulting in the decision to drop the armed kidnapping charge and offer a plea deal for battery and firearms charges. Davis was with other members of his group when he was arrested at a Citgo gas station in Lutz last year, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. He and the others were citing U.S. Code Title 18, which deputies said is commonly used by sovereign citizen groups. Title 18 referenced crimes and criminal procedure. Once Davis was in custody, the others left without incident. View More>>

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