Milton man sentenced to state prison after holding ex captive

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Updated: 8/11 5:19 pm

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – A man has been sentenced to state prison after he was found guilty of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and holding her captive in July 2013.

Ryan Place was sentenced to 20 years in State Prison on Monday. The Milton man had been found guilty of kidnapping the victim and holding her captive in a wooded area in July 2013.

The Milton man was charged with Kidnapping, Assault and Grand Larceny in November 2013. 

On July 21, 2013, Place convinced Rebecca LeFevre, a woman he had a prior relationship with, to meet him at a wooded area along Brown Road in Saratoga where he then tied her up and held her captive for hours.

LeFevre was in court Monday and read a statement. She called Place monstrous, manipulative, and a danger to society.

“I find it blasphemous that he doesn’t see that he kidnapped me,” she said. “He just continues to refuse to take actions, responsibility for his actions, and that just says a lot about who he really is.”

LeFevre said Place made her dig a shallow grave with her hands the night he held her captive. She said she feels lucky to be alive and said his claims that she’s lying are completely untrue.

“You couldn’t make it up,” she said. “You couldn’t make it up.”

LeFevre was able to get away after she convinced Place she would be in a relationship with him again.

Place’s parents were also in court for the sentencing. They watched in tears as their son was taken away for what they called unfair reasons.

“He’s guilty of simple assault,” his mother Jo Place said.

Place apologized to LeFevre in court, and she echoed the sentiment.

“I do forgive him. I do,” she said. “And I just hope he gets peace and gets help.”

Monday’s sentencing is the 29-year-old’s fourth felony change. He was on parole at the time of the incident. Authorities were able to locate him a short time later due to an ankle bracelet he was wearing from a prior conviction of Attempted Burglary and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.

Place is also a registered level two sex offender in New York stemming from a second-degree rape conviction involving a violent crime against a 14-year-old female in 2004.

He has 30 days to file for an appeal of the current charges.

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