Kingsport, Tennessee, police say Allen Begley already had bruises and a black eye when he called his mom to tell her he needed money. Earlier in the day his stepfather, Joshua Seal, and another man, Bradley Marshall, had locked him in a room, accused him of stealing, beat him profusely, and told him to call whomever he could to get money or property of equal value to the $245 worth of rings they said he stole--otherwise he wasn't leaving. What they got wasn't worth anywhere near $245, but to some, it's priceless.
TriCities.com reports this week that after Begley had called his mom asking for money--money she didn't have--she called a neighbor.
He didn't have any money either. What he did have was an Xbox 360.
The neighbor told Seal he didn't have any money, but he had an Xbox 360 that is worth $400 to $500, which he would exchange for Allen Begley. Both sides then met at a convenience store, where they exchanged the video game system for Begley.