John Sweeney

The Oregon man accused of helping the founder of a yoga company pose as an FBI agent to cuff, assault and threaten employees at a Boulder web-design firm has taken a plea deal, leaving his co-defendant to stand trial by himself.

John Anthony Sweeney, 34, and Daniel Shea were originally charged with first-degree burglary, attempted aggravated robbery, extortion, impersonating an officer, kidnapping, second-degree assault, third-degree assault and felony menacing.

Both were set for a joint trial Feb. 11, but Sweeney has now pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree kidnapping, a Class 3 felony, in exchange for prosecutors dropping the other counts.

He is scheduled for

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