A man who abducted another man from his job at a Fredericksburg Pizza Hut last year as the result of a drug dispute was ordered Wednesday to serve two and a half years in prison.

Terrell Murphy, 53, whose listed address is in Beverly Hills, Calif., pleaded guilty to abduction with the intent to extort money. He was sentenced in Fredericksburg Circuit Court to 20 years with all but two and a half suspended.

In exchange for Murphy’s guilty plea, Commonwealth’s Attorney LaBravia Jenkins dropped five other charges.



According to the evidence, Murphy and the victim made a drug deal on May 23. Murphy later determined that the victim had stolen something from him.

The victim, who used to work as a mechanic, received a call at his job at the Pizza Hut on Powhatan Street later that night from Murphy. Murphy claimed that he needed help with his car and showed up at the eatery shortly after 9 p.m. looking for the victim.

He lured the victim out of the Pizza Hut and got him into a white SUV under the guise of traveling a short distance to the supposedly broken-down car. Instead, they headed north on Interstate 95 into Stafford County.

Murphy, the driver, asked the victim “where’s my stuff?” The victim replied that he hadn’t taken anything.

A backseat passenger who was never identified then put the victim in a choke hold and placed a gun to his head. Murphy reached into the victim’s pocket and took a cell phone, screwdrivers belonging to the Pizza Hut and $46 in cash.

The victim, who said his life had been threatened, fought back and managed to jerk on the steering wheel, causing Murphy to lose control. He then rolled out of the vehicle near the Stafford Courthouse exit and ran to get help.

Murphy, who also goes by Scottie Sport Klein and Leroy Lewis, was arrested two weeks later and has been in custody ever since.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404 kepps@freelancestar.com

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