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No prison time for attempted kidnapper

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A man charged with attempting to kidnap a teenage girl will not serve prison time. 

Former postal worker James Hodges pleaded guilty to trying to abduct a 15-year-old girl in a the parking lot of a Walgreens at Macon and Whitten Road in 2007.

The girl's mother, Stephanie Key, says she was horrified when the district attorney's office told her Thursday that Hodges will not spend time behind bars. 

"Probation. No time...nothing for trying to snatch my daughter out of the parking lot, for ripping the front of her shirt and hitting her," Keys said.

She says her daughter fought back during the attack, hitting Hodges with her cell phone until he lost his grip on her. The incident was partially captured on the store's surveillance video.

"You can see him (Hodges) in there watching her. And you can see her texting on the phone. Then you see him follow out behind her," Keys said.

She also says the crime has made her daughter fearful of going anywhere alone.

"She's scared to go to the store - scared to leave the house by herself."

A spokesperson for the D.A's office said the case is still pending and is set for disposition on May 11.

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