SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - The Shasta County District Attorney's Office says one man has pleaded no contest for assault and kidnapping charges stemming from two separate cases in the spring of 2020.
The district attorney says on April 9, Kenneth Plyant was with his girlfriend in the Burney Falls area on a camping trip. While in the car, an argument began about infidelity and officials say Plyant attempted to wrap a rope around the girlfriend's neck.
Officials say the victim was able to quickly move away but not before Plyant pulled her by her hair and held a knife to the back of her neck, telling her she would be dead instantly. Then, he placed her into a headlock and stabbed her in the arm.
The next morning, the district attorney says the woman attempted to run away when they got into town, but Plyant quickly caught her and pushed her back into the car. He then drove them both back to their secluded camping spot where officials say he strangled her unconscious.
Similar types of abuses went on throughout the day and the district attorney says Plyant made repeated threats to kill the girlfriend.
During a separate trip on May 6, Plyant drove with his girlfriend to the area of Tehama Vina Road, east of Highway 99, in Tehama County.
When driving, the district attorney says Plyant told his girlfriend "she was lucky she was not dead yet, and that he was going to continue further down the road and kill her there."
While stopped in the area, the district attorney says Plyant punched the woman repeatedly and strangled her to the point she went unconscious again.
Eventually, the victim was able to call 911 and hide the phone, so officials were able to get a rough location and send deputies to the secluded location.
As Deputy Valdes approached the car, officials say the victim stood up from behind the car and mouthed "help".
The district attorney says Pylant pleaded no contest to assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, admitted to causing great bodily injury, making terrorist threats, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, corporal injury on a girlfriend, and attempting to dissuade a witness from testifying for twenty years in state prison.
According to the district attorney, the April 9 incident initially went unreported.