Here’s an interesting story: Joshua Seal had recently kidnapped his employee Allen Begley, who is also his son-in-law. Seal thought that Begley stole $245 worth of rings from a job site, which would negatively effect his business.
Seal had even beat his son in law before letting him go free in exchange for the neighbor’s Xbox 360. Joshua Seal and another employee Bradley Marshall had captured Begley by telling him that they needed help moving a saw. Marshall and Seal took Begley to a room, locked the door, and beat him mercilessly.
Begley told the kidnappers that he didn’t have the money. So he called his friends and family and tried to get some cash. Linda Begley, the mother-in-law of Allen got a call from Allen around 3:30-4 on Sunday afternoon — he was crying and was upset. Joshua Seal told Linda that he already gave Allen a black eye and would continue to beat him until he got some money. Linda contacted a neighbor, who offered Joshua an Xbox 360 in exchange for Allen. Both of the parties met at a convenience store for the exchange.
Begley called the police beforehand and they arrested Joshua Seal at the scene. Marshall turned himself in at the Justice Center. Both of these men are being charged with Especially Aggravated Kidnapping. Just the thought of being traded for a gaming console is disturbing. I would be just as disturbed as Woody Harrelson when he was traded for a washing machine in the movie Semi-Pro. This story is going in the Hall of Shame.