published Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Knoxville man pleads guilty to kidnapping his ex-wife

KNOXVILLE — A Knoxville man pleaded guilty today to kidnapping his ex-wife from a home where she worked as a housekeeper.

Dennis Richard Smith, 53, entered a guilty plea to a federal kidnapping charge in a hearing in U.S. District Court. U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves set a Nov. 17 sentencing hearing.

Smith’s ex-wife, Tamra Beam, was working as a housekeeper at a home on Sheffield Drive on May 7 when Smith broke out a window and forced Beam into a car he had borrowed from his brother’s girlfriend a week before. Beam’s employer alerted police when she returned home to find the broken window and blood inside the house.

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