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15-year-old girl found guilty of kidnapping elderly woman

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Hazel Abel, the 86-year-old Kennewick, Wash., woman who was kidnapped and driven to Oregon in the trunk of her car, is at a loss as to why her accused great-grandson might have done such a thing. (Photo: KPTV/Portland)

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A jury has found a teenage girl guilty in connection with the abduction of an elderly woman who was stuffed into the trunk of her car and driven more than 200 miles to a Walmart near Portland.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://goo.gl/zIKBG5 ) the 15-year-old was found guilty Friday of first-degree kidnapping and theft of a vehicle.

The teen is the first of three teens to go on trial for the Nov. 2 abduction of 86-year-old Hazel Abel. After about six hours in the trunk, Abel escaped while the teens were allegedly inside Walmart.

Prosecutors say the teens had discussed killing Abel and using her car to run away.

The girl, who was 14 at the time of the incident, was charged in juvenile court. The 15-and 16-year-old boys are charged as adults.

To read an earlier story and and see a video about this kidnapping >>> Kidnapped woman to her accused great-grandson: ‘I don’t know how you could do that to me, we are family’