HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ A state appeals court has upheld two
Kansas women's convictions for keeping a sexual assault victim out
of state so she couldn't testify.
Jessica L. Bloom and her mother, Barbara L. Johnson, pleaded guilty in November 2006. They were accused of preventing Bloom's then-12-year-old daughter from testifying against her stepfather, former Trego County Sheriff James Ryan Bloom.
He was convicted in October 2006 of rape and other charges, and sentenced to 27 years in prison.
Jessica Bloom and Johnson were both sentenced to probation. The women tried to withdraw their pleas, but were denied by Reno County District Court.
Their appeal arguments included Jessica Bloom's claim that she was threatened with losing her children if she didn't make a plea in the case.