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SK grandparents headed to trial

Two South Kitsap residents charged with tying up their adopted grandchildren are heading to trial in less than three weeks, having so far rejected any plea agreements and instead deciding to both face a jury and “significantly” higher jail time, according to court documents.

Judith Kay Mann, 61, and her husband, Larry Lee Mann, 66, were each charged with one count of assault of a child in the second degree and one count of unlawful imprisonment last June after one of their adopted grandchildren was reportedly found wandering a mile from their home, and the other allegedly tied up on a bed.

Deputy Prosecutor Claire Bradley said if the Manns had accepted the plea agreement she offered them two months ago, they would both be facing a maximum of four years in prison.

However, since the defendants refused to change their pleas to guilty, Bradley said they will be facing several more charges and “a significantly longer sentence” if they are ultimately found guilty.

“If their cases go to trial I will be adding more counts of child abuse and unlawful imprisonment, either second or third degree, and for an exceptional sentence due to aggravating circumstances,” Bradley said.

Although the Manns were originally scheduled to begin trial Aug. 15, both defendants previously waived their rights to a speedy trial, which is now scheduled to begin Oct. 17.

At their last status hearing on Sept. 19, both defendants’ lawyers filed motions to consolidate their trials. Their next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 4.

The Manns were arrested June 11 after a thin and disheveled 10-year-old boy in pajamas was found walking barefoot on the Manns’ street around 4:30 a.m. that day.

He claimed to have escaped their house after having been tied up for several days, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies entered the home, they discovered the boy’s 7-year-old sister hog-tied — her ankles and wrists bound with plastic zip ties — on a mattress.

They also found a third child, reportedly the 11-year-old son of Judith Mann’s son James Vance, who was not tied up but appeared malnourished.

According to Vance, his son and the other two children share the same mother, but custody of all three was granted to his mother and stepfather.

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