Motel standoff girlfriend sentenced to 6 years

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A South Carolina woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for her role in a 2-day standoff with police at a Hancock motel last August.

Twenty-1-year-old Rene Reynolds, of Moncks Corner, S.C., pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to threaten arson in the incident at the America's Best Value Inn. Her defense lawyer requested leniency from the judge during sentencing Monday, characterizing Reynolds as a pawn of her boyfriend.

She acknowledged she had pretended to be held hostage by her boyfriend, James Prevatt, and that she had supported his false claim that he had explosives in the room.

Reynolds, who gave birth shortly after the incident, faced up to 10 years in prison.

Prevatt has yet to be tried.

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