MUSKOGEE, Okla. — A Kansas man pleaded no contest Thursday to kidnapping, robbing, shooting and leaving a woman for dead.

Bennie Freeman, 47, of Coffeyville, pleaded no contest in Muskogee County District Court to shooting with intent to kill, kidnapping and robbery with a weapon, according to court documents. A judge subsequently convicted him of the charges.

Freeman stated in his blind plea that he took “LaCauna Adams from her home against her will, took money from her using a firearm and shot her with a deadly weapon.”

The Kansas man pleaded blindly to the allegations, meaning there was no deal on the table for him. Freeman is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 15, following a pre-sentencing investigation.

Freeman kidnapped the woman on April 20, forcing her into his vehicle at gunpoint. He took her to a home on Oktaha Road, where he robbed her of $300, took a cell phone and tried stealing her rings.

He could not get the rings off her fingers, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.

Freeman shot her in the back of the head and in the shoulder, and left her for dead, according to the affidavit.

Adams crawled nearly 200 feet to a nearby roadway, where she flagged down help. A Samaritan picked up the woman and took her to an area hospital.

Law enforcers tracked Freeman to Tulsa, where Tulsa and federal officers arrested him.

Reach Harrison Grimwood at (918) 684-2926 or harrison.grimwood@muskogeephoenix.com.

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