Man who kidnapped Portland homeless couple gets 10 years

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Matthew Fennern pleaded guilty to kidnapping and assault

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A homeless man who bound and duct-taped a homeless woman and man inside his tent in Southeast Portland was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports both victims told police that Matthew Fennern raped the woman while in the tent Jan. 25, but Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero said the woman didn’t want to testify and was satisfied with the plea deal.

Fennern pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping and one count of assault for cutting the throat of the male victim with a knife.

The man told police that Fennern kidnapped them because Fennern believed the man owed him money. A probable cause affidavit says Fennern punched the man and had a knife with him when he took them to his tent.

The male victim said accomplices helped hold them captive until he was able to fight their way out. The man and woman ran and summoned police.

Fennern said in court that he didn’t remember any of it and apologized.

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