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Charge against Golden dropped
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A woman who cooperated with the District Attorney’s Office to help secure convictions against three people for aggravated kidnapping had her criminal case dropped on Wednesday.

Ashley Dawn Golden had the charge of aggravated kidnapping dismissed. Prosecutors says Golden had very little involvement in the incident and her assistance helped secure jail time for those who did.

Earlier this month, Zackery Dale Turner, deemed the ringleader, was given a 15-year sentence to serve at 100 percent for four counts of especially aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated assault. He was determined to be the main person responsible for holding four people hostage at gunpoint at a home on Cherry Springs Road in the Centertown area.

Jeffery Scott Pegg, not deemed to be a central figure, was given 185 days for one count of especially aggravated kidnapping.

The other person charged, Donald Lee Sheilds Jr., was convicted by a jury in July for especially aggravated kidnapping and faces 25 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 26.

According to evidence gained during the investigation, the four kidnapping victims showed up at the home on Cherry Springs Road to buy meth. The drug deal was complete and the victims were preparing to leave when the alleged drug dealer, Zachery Turner, reportedly misplaced a large amount of meth and believed it was stolen by the visitors.

Turner came outside demanding to know what happened to 20 grams of meth and ordered everyone back into the house. Turner told them they could not leave until they returned his meth or gave him $2,000. He then took their cellphones. The victims say they were held against their will from Aug. 9 to Aug. 11, 2017.

Investigators say during that time the victims were hit, kicked, and held at gunpoint.