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      Convicted of kidnapping, now a free man

      The Canadian man, once convicted of kidnapping a 12-year-old-girl in Munising, is a free man as of Thursday.

      42-year-old Mohamed El Fechtali was in Alger County Circuit Court this morning for a motion hearing. The motion asked the court to dismiss the case against El Fectali, even though a jury had already convicted him. The motion was granted by Judge William Carmody.

      Alger County prosecutor Karen Bahrman asked the judge to move immediately to the sentencing phase. Judge Carmody did.

      He set aside the verdict on the attempted kidnapping charge. On the accosting a child for immoral purposes charge, Judge Carmody sentenced El Fectali to time served. That was 94 days.

      El Fectali was arrested after he asked the girl for directions as he was passing through town and offered her a ride home.

      Bahrman says, she's appalled and will absolutely appeal this outcome again. She says this case has taken two and a half years due to the appeals.

      Mohamed El Fectali has always maintained his innocence, saying his confession was coerced. Judge Carmody's decision to suppress El Fectali's confession was reversed. El Fectali is a free man.