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September 25, 2022

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Kidnapper Pleads Guilty in Cherokee County

Nathaniel Jared Raper, 37

A Cherokee County man who kidnapped and broke a woman’s jaw has pleaded guilty in Superior Court, District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said.Nathaniel Jared Raper, 37, of Murphy, admitted to assault inflicting serious bodily injury and second-degree kidnapping.

On Feb. 20, 2021, Cherokee County deputies were called to a home in Marble, where a woman reported Raper, her estranged boyfriend, had punched her in the face. Raper was under a domestic violence protective order at the time.

Earlier, Raper had climbed into the woman’s vehicle as she was picking up her child from a school bus. He forced his way into her home and held the woman captive for three hours.  She escaped by fleeing to a neighbor’s house and phoning law enforcement.

Superior Court Judge Peter Knight ordered Raper serve a total of 54 months minimum up to 84 months maximum in the Division of Adult Corrections.

Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Harris prosecuted the case.

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