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Man pleads guilty to abduction

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By John Barnhart

A Bedford man pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, to two felony abduction charges.

    According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, John Charles Lavra, 52, went to the home of a Bedford County woman on August 5 and prevented the woman and her daughter from leaving the premises for several hours.
    Wheelock told the court that Lavra drove down the gravel drive to the mobile home in his truck. He cut the cable leading to a satellite dish, and entered the home by kicking in the front door. During the time in the house, he pulled the woman’s hair, spit in her face and threatened to kill her daughter.
    Later he went back out to his truck, sat in it cussing and daring them to call the police. Wheelock said that, when Lavra was on his feet, he appeared unsteady and, while in the truck, drank from a bottle.
    Wheelock said that Lavra did not reenter the home, but the women could hear him outside ranting and threatening to kill them.
    According to Wheelock, Lavra left early the next morning and the women were able to leave the home and go to a neighbor and call the authorities.
    Sentencing for Lavra is scheduled for April 1.