JACKSON, Miss. – A federal jury has convicted a former teacher and basketball coach of kidnapping a 6-year-old relative to pressure the girl's mother in a dispute over a piece of land and a portable storage shed in east Mississippi.
Jesse Mae Brown Pollard was found guilty Thursday of conspiracy, kidnapping and obstruction.
The child was taken from East Kemper Elementary School in the Kemper County community of Scooba on April 30 and dropped off unharmed in the rain near a stranger's mobile home the next day. By that time, prosecutors say the FBI was closing in on those they suspected in the case.
Prosecutors argued that Pollard planned the abduction and wanted to use the girl as leverage to get her property back.