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Hutterite men deny kidnap, abuse charges

ALEXANDRIA -- Three brothers from the Oak Lane Hutterite Colony are denying accusations of kidnapping and child abuse.

Jake Wipf, 61, John Wipf, 58, and Tobias Wipf, 47, all appeared in court Wednesday at the Hanson County Courthouse in Alexandria and pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree kidnapping, abuse of a minor and cruelty to a minor.

All three men are now scheduled to stand trial in October.

According to court documents, the charges stem from events that occurred Feb. 15.

Details of what is alleged to have happened in the case have been difficult to obtain, as Hanson County State's Attorney Jim Davies has declined to divulge any additional details of the case when asked for comment. The court file, when accessed by The Daily Republic, has been devoid of specific allegations.

The kidnapping charge is a felony with a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. The other two charges are each felonies with maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.