Man pleads guilty to kidnapping and admits he wanted to murder targets found on Grindr
Lafayette, Louisiana: On Thursday, September 29, the Department of Justice announced at 21-year-old Chance Seneca had plead guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays to a charge of kidnapping.
Sentencing has been scheduled for January 25, 2023. At that time, Seneca faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
According to Law and Crime the plea agreement was signed by Seneca back in July, but was just accepted in court on Thursday.
By signing the plea agreement Seneca admitted that on June 20, 2020, he used Grindr to make contact with 18-year-old Holden White.
After meeting with and driving Holden to an isolated residence, Seneca admitted to attempting to murder him.
The press release announcing his plea indicated that Seneca "acknowledged that he intended to murder and dismember H.W. for the purpose of satisfying his homicidal urges, and that he had planned to continue murdering until he was caught or killed."
U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown of the Western District of Louisiana stated that, "The facts surrounding the events that took place in this case are very disturbing. It is nothing short of miraculous that the victims who endured the vicious attacks from this defendant survived."
In a statement issued in March 2021, the Department of Justice stated that in addition to Holden, Seneca had successfully kidnapped one other man and attempted to kidnap a third.
In exchange for the plea agreement, federal prosecutors agreed to drop the remaining charges including attempted kidnapping, attempted murder and destruction of records.
Seneca is still facing state charges which if convicted, his attorney Dustin Talbot stated the sentence would run concurrently.
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