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2 accused of kidnapping pair, forcing ATM withdrawal face more than 250 years

2 accused of kidnapping pair, forcing ATM withdrawal face more than 250 years

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2 accused of kidnapping pair, forcing ATM withdrawal face more than 250 years

Jerrod Norals, 21, left, could get 265 years in prison if convicted, and DeAnthony Smith, 18, could get up to 285 years if convicted and given consecutive sentences.

Two men accused of kidnapping and robbing an Omaha couple as they left their gym could face more than 250 years in prison if convicted, a Douglas County judge said during a hearing Thursday.

Judge Darryl Lowe conveyed the seriousness of the allegations against the men, noting that DeAnthony Smith, 18, could get up to 285 years in prison if convicted and given consecutive sentences.

The other man, Smith's friend Jerrod Norals, 21, could get 265 years if convicted, Lowe said.

The judge set bail for each man at $950,000, meaning each must post $95,000 to be released from jail.

Smith, Norals and a 16-year-old boy are accused of kidnapping Joel Kois, 24, and his girlfriend, Katelin McNew, 19, at gunpoint from the parking lot of Blue Moon Fitness, 10930 Emmet St., about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the three threatened to kill the couple several times and forced them into separate cars before taking them to an ATM a few miles away.

Besides stealing cash, prosecutors said, the men took Kois' wallet, McNew's purse and the couple's iPhones.

Not long after the shaken but unharmed couple notified police, officers caught up with the men near 30th Street and Ames Avenue.

Smith is charged with robbery, terroristic threats, kidnapping, use of a gun to commit a felony, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a stolen firearm. Norals is charged with robbery, kidnapping and terroristic threats.

The 16-year-old was booked into the Douglas County Youth Detention Center on suspicion of robbery, terroristic threats, kidnapping and possession of a stolen firearm.

Contact the writer: 402-444-3100, maggie.obrien@owh.com

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