NEW: Abduction Case Ends In Plea Deal
Charge Reduced To Misdemeanor Stalking
HARRISONBURG — A former Harrisonburg man accused of holding his ex-girlfriend against her will struck a plea deal with prosecutors before his re-trial was to begin in Rockingham County Circuit Court today.
Kyle Maison Novinger, 21, now of Woodbridge, was charged with felony abduction, however the charge was reduced to misdemeanor stalking.
As part of the deal, Judge T.J. Wilson sentenced Novinger to 12 months in jail with all but six months suspended. He will also have to serve one year of supervised probation. The judge also issued a protective order barring Novinger from having contact with the victim.
The victim in the case agreed to the plea deal.
In December, jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict on the felony charge, leading the court to call a mistrial in the case. Novinger, however, was convicted of misdemeanor assault and battery, for which the jury recommended he receive a 30-day jail sentence.
Prosecutors say an argument on Feb. 2, 2013, between Novinger, who had moved to the area to attend Blue Ridge Community College, and his ex-girlfriend escalated and he wouldn’t let her leave her Devon Lane residence.
The victim, a James Madison University student, turned on a computer webcam and captured about 45 minutes of the dispute, prosecutors say. The video shows her begging numerous times for Novinger to let her leave the bedroom of her residence; he refuses and screams at her.
The defense argued that the woman set her ex-boyfriend up and exaggerated for the camera.
The defendant allowed his ex-girlfriend to take her dog outside, at which time she mouthed the word “help” to a neighbor.
Novinger left the residence a short time later and was arrested the next day. Novinger, who was free from Rockingham County Jail on $25,000 bond, was taken into custody following the guilty plea.