Kettering woman gets 18 months in kidnapping, extortion case

A Kettering woman on Monday was sentenced to 18 months in prison for her involvement in a bizarre kidnapping, assault and extortion case of a man held captive and beaten for two years.

Callie Yip, 29, was also sentenced to pay restitution of $3,463 for the victim’s treatment and $424 for two sets of glasses taken from the victim. Yip, who has 29 days of jail-time credit, was given a week before she has to report to Montgomery County Jail.

Yip, who pleaded guilty to one count of complicity to commit extortion, also must pay court costs and be on three years of post-release control after she leaves the Ohio Reformatory for Woment. The maximum sentence she could have received was three years.

“I’d like to apologize to the court and the system,” Yip said Monday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. “I want to apologize to (the victim) and his family for what has happened.”

Yip and her attorney, John Scaccia, both blamed co-defendant Bryon Mansley for manipulating Yip into going along with a contract in which the victim was punished for not successfully completing chores. The victim would have his clothes and food taken away and be beaten, sometimes with a pipe, as punishment. In March 2013, the victim was allegedly ordered to swim the Miami River unless he stripped and ran naked through the neighborhood.

“It defies logic to believe that Ms. Yip was completely unaware of the physical injuries levied against (the victim) on behalf of Mr. Mansley,” Judge Michael Krumholtz said, adding that the victim suffered broken ribs, a large laceration to his arm, a missing uvula, bruises and lacerations to his head, torso, arms, legs and penis and had psychological injuries. “He lived in terror.”

Mansley, 30, of Centerville, has pleaded not guilty to two counts each of kidnapping, felonious assault with a deadly weapon and felonious assault causing serious harm plus one count of extortion. Mansley is scheduled to go on trial in August.

Quoting a letter from the victim’s mother, Krumholtz said: “Callie and Bryon took my son’s money, his room, his belongings and his self-respect.”

Scaccia said Yip was manipulated by Mansley and the situation has led to her losing her career and going to prison.

“She had fallen in love with this guy, Bryon, and believed everything he said,” Scaccia said. “Only to find out that it’s not true and that he was a horrible monster.”

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