The Latest: Man accused of Utah kidnapping takes plea deal


FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — The Latest on a man accused of kidnapping five people and then killing a train worker during a manhunt (all times local):

9:40 a.m.

A man accused of tying up five people in a basement is taking a plea deal in Utah but still faces a murder case in Wyoming, where he’s charged with kidnapping and killing a train worker while on the run from police.

Dereck James “DJ” Harrison pleaded guilty to five counts of aggravated kidnapping Monday. The rest of his 16 charges in Utah were dropped.

Prosecutors say the 23-year-old and his father lured a woman and her four teenage daughters to their house in May, tied them up and beat them before they managed to escape.

Police say the men used drugs heavily and thought the mother had reported them to authorities.

While fleeing that crime, the Harrisons are accused of snatching the rail worker and killing him as they drove to a Wyoming hideout.

Father Flint Harrison killed himself in jail in July.

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1:20 a.m.

A man accused of tying up five people in a Utah basement and then killing a train worker in Wyoming while on the run from police is set to appear in court amid talk of a possible plea deal.

Prosecutors have said they planned to make a plea offer to Dereck James “DJ” Harrison before a court appearance set for Monday. Harrison is facing 16 drug and kidnapping charges.

The 23-year-old and his father were accused of tying up a woman and her four teenage daughters in May and beating them before they escaped. Police say the men thought the mother had reported their drug use to police.

Authorities say they grabbed a train worker while on the run from police and killed him in Wyoming. Harrison is facing murder and kidnapping charges there. Flint Harrison, 52, killed himself in jail in July.

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