Man pleads guilty to kidnapping, other charges in Walker case


One of two defendants accused of robbing and kidnapping former Oakland Raider wide receiver Javon Walker pleaded guilty to those charges Friday.

Arfat Fadel, 32, pleaded guilty to robbery, second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy to commit robbery, prosecutors said.

The plea agreement comes just days before Fadel was set to stand trial with co-defendant Deshawn Thomas, 42.

As part of the plea deal, Fadel agreed to testify against Thomas at the trial, according to court records.

Thomas is facing six felony counts, including first-degree kidnapping, robbery, and battery with substantial bodily harm.

His trial is set to begin Tuesday before Judge Doug Smith. Walker is expected to testify at the trial.

Authorities allege Fadel and Thomas brutally beat Walker after he climbed into Fadel's black Range Rover sport utility vehicle after partying in Las Vegas the night of June 15, 2008.

Walker was found unconscious after dawn the next day in a driveway a block off the Strip. He had facial injuries and a concussion.

Las Vegas police said Walker was robbed of $3,000 in cash and $100,000 in jewelry, including a necklace, watch and diamond earrings, according to court records.

Walker was visiting Las Vegas after signing a six-year, $55 million contract with the Raiders. He had been photographed spraying champagne on a nightclub crowd at the Hard Rock Hotel before the incident.

Walker was released by the Raiders last month.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled for Fadel for June 28 before Smith. The judge said Friday he would abide by the plea deal that the sentences for the three counts run concurrently -- meaning Fadel faces two to 15 years in prison -- as long as Fadel testifies truthfully at the trial, according to court records.

Both Fadel and Thomas have criminal histories in Las Vegas and both also face felony charges in unrelated cases.

 

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