James Semidey, one of three men accused of kidnapping and robbing an Oneonta woman in May 2019, was sentenced to prison for two charges Monday, Jan. 13, in Otsego County Court.

Semidey pleaded guilty on Nov. 25 to third-degree attempted robbery, for which he will serve one to three years in state prison, according to Otsego County Court Chief Clerk Mike McGovern. Semidey also pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, for which he will serve a determinate sentence of three and a half years in state prison, McGovern said. The two sentences will run concurrently, he said.

Semidey, 26; Erick Tavares, 33; and Frankie Liberata-Garcie, 24, are accused of kidnapping and robbing an unidentified Oneonta woman the night of May 5, 2019. All three men were arrested later that night after several college students called Oneonta police to report a woman in danger, Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl told The Daily Star in July 2019.

Liberata-Garcie pleaded guilty on Nov. 4 to second-degree unlawful imprisonment, a class A misdemeanor. Liberata-Garcie was sentenced that day to time already served in local jail, which was from May 20 until Nov. 4, according to McGovern. Tavares pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery Nov. 4 and was sentenced to one and one-third to four years in state prison Monday, Jan. 6.

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at skarikehalli@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_ShwetaK on Twitter.

 


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