Guilty Pleas – Required Knowledge – Potential Punishment: Kidnapping Mitigation

State v. Reinier A. Ravesteijn, 2006 WI App 250

For Ravesteijn: Rudolph L. Oldeschulte

Issue/Holding: Although kidnapping for ransom, § 940.31(2)(a), is susceptible to possible mitigation of penalty from 60 to 40 years if the victim is released without permanent physical injury, testimony from counsel at a postconviction hearing that the defendant was well aware of this possibility when he pleaded guilty dooms his claim that he was unaware of the potential penalty when he entered his guilty plea, ¶¶13-15.