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Fargo man gets three years in Kentucky kidnapping attempt

Dragan Jovanovic, 42, and Elvis Tahirovic, 19, both of Fargo.


A 42-year-old Fargo man accused of trying to kidnap a 14-year-old Kentucky girl was sentenced to a three-year prison term Tuesday.

In December, Dragan Jovanovic pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class D felony.

As part of a plea deal, the charge was lowered from attempted kidnapping, a Class B felony, said Christopher Cohron, commonwealth's attorney for the 8th Judicial Circuit in Warren County, Ky.

Class B felonies in Kentucky can carry up to a 20-year prison term, but the stiffest penalty for a Class D charge is five years.

As a Bosnian who is not a U.S. citizen, Jovanovic will also be subject to deportation when he is released from state prison because of his felony conviction, Cohron said.

Jovanovic is one of two men from Fargo who prompted concerns at a middle school in Bowling Green, Ky., on Sept. 21 when they came to the school and asked about bus schedules and what time school let out.

Investigators in Bowling Green arrested Jovanovic and 19-year-old Elvis Tahirovic when they returned later in the day to pick up the girl, unaware that she was absent that day.

Police believe that the 14-year-old son of Jovanovic had met the girl online and agreed to marry him. The men had come to Kentucky to pick up the bride-to-be.

Tahirovic's case was also in court Tuesday. A judge lowered his bail, agreeing to allow him to post 10 percent of the $100,000 bond if he is willing to give up his passport in return.

He hadn't bailed out by 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and was being held in the Warren County (Ky.) Regional Jail.

Tahirovic still faces one count of attempted kidnapping. His trial is set for March 30.

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and the Herald are Forum Communications Co. newspapers.