A 30-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison in connection with the 2008 kidnapping and beating of a Rome man whose throat was cut shortly before he was abandoned in Bibb County.
Naeem Omar Biddle, 30, pleaded guilty in Bibb Superior Court on Monday to kidnapping with bodily injury.
Troy Donald Harvey, 21, also is charged in connection with the incident. His case has not gone to trial.
Aside from answering questions posed by the judge and attorneys, Biddle didn’t speak during Monday’s session.
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The victim, 26-year-old Calvin Creamer, met Biddle at an apartment he believed to be Biddle’s home in Marietta on Oct. 8, 2008, said prosecutor Greg Winters.
“Creamer thought they were going to begin a sexual relationship,” he said.
But once Creamer took off his clothing, Biddle bound his hands and feet with duct tape and forced him into the trunk of Creamer’s car, said Erin Rahaim, a law clerk assisting prosecutors with the case.
“At some point, he could hear two other people get into the car,” Winters said.
After awhile, Creamer untied himself and climbed into the back seat of the hatch-back style vehicle.
Biddle beat Creamer, tied him up again and forced him back into the trunk.
The group then drove to pick up a woman, who asked for a ride to a McDonald’s. Once there, Creamer climbed into the back seat again, Rahaim said.
“(The woman) screamed, jumped out of the car and called the police,” she said.
Meanwhile, the group in the car drove off.
At some point, Biddle and another man took Creamer to a wooded area off Jeffersonville Road in east Bibb County.
They unbound his feet so he could walk, but they put more duct tape over his eyes, Rahaim said.
The men then slit Creamer’s throat.
“He played dead,” Rahaim said.
After removing the duct tape from Creamer’s eyes, Biddle and the other men returned to Cobb County, Rahaim said.
Bibb County deputies found Creamer after drivers reported seeing a badly injured man in the area.
Rahaim said Biddle also is charged with kidnapping in Cobb County. He is scheduled to plead guilty to kidnapping there and may be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.