Convict who plotted to kidnap judge denied new trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A state appeals court has upheld the conviction and sentence of a former Harrisburg man serving prison time for kidnapping a Lancaster County family and for a separate plot to kidnap a Dauphin County judge.

Anthony Marcus Davis, 31, was serving 20½ to 41 years for kidnapping the Mount Joy family in 2005 when he was ordered to serve an additional 10 to 20 years for soliciting his former cellmate to kidnap Magisterial District Judge George Zozos and his wife in 2014.

Davis argued that the consecutive 10-to-20-year term was excessive and the jury erred in its conviction. Superior Court last week denied both claims, according to Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman’s office.

In its opinion, the appeals court found Davis has been a violent criminal since he was a juvenile. It ruled that rehabilitative efforts have failed because Davis plotted to commit the “same violent, terrifying crime for which he was already imprisoned.”

In 2005, Davis and two co-defendants kidnapped the couple and their 12-year-old son in a plot to rob the vault of a Harrisburg-area bank where the mother worked. The father was shot in the back as he tried to escape. All three survived.

In the 2014 plot, Davis’s former cellmate was supposed to contact the judge’s brother, a bail bondsman, and arrange for a constable to get Davis released from prison.

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