by: Vern Uyetake Gabriel Nester Caballero Gutierrez, one of three men charged in the attempted kidnapping of Columbia Sportswear's Gert Boyle, refused a plea bargain offer today and will go to trial.

Nestor Gabriel Caballero Gutierrez, accused of robbing and plotting to kidnap Columbia Sportswear matriarch Gert Boyle at her West Linn home, has declined to plead guilty in a settlement conference hearing at the Clackamas County Courthouse today.

A trial has been set for April 7, Clackamas County Chief Deputy District Attorney Greg Horner said.

Meanwhile, Ramon Alberto Midence, accused of being an accomplice in the case, is in a settlement conference this afternoon.

The third accused in the violent kidnapping attempt, Jose Luis Arevalo, pleaded guilty last week, agreeing to testify against the two others as part of his plead deal.

Authorities say the three men, all from the Beaverton area, plotted to kidnap Boyle for ransom.

West Linn police caught Caballero Gutierrez after Boyle, 87, foiled the Nov. 10 robbery at her home on Wildwood Drive.

Investigators said Midence dropped off Caballero Gutierrez before the crime.

According to West Linn detectives, Arevalo admitted to driving and allowing the use of his van in exchange for $20,000.

For the full story, see Thursday's edition of the newspaper.

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