TOPEKA, Kan., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A man convicted of kidnapping a Kansas couple is suing the couple for breach of contract, claiming he struck a legally binding agreement with the couple.
In his suit seeking $235,000, Jesse Dimmick contends that after he entered Jared and Lindsay Rowley's house in Dover, Kan., in 2009, they struck a legally binding, oral contract that the couple would hide him for an unspecified amount of money, The [Topeka, Kansas] Capital-Journal reported Monday.
"Later, the Rowleys reneged on said oral contract, resulting in my being shot in the back by authorities," Dimmick wrote in a notarized legal document indicating he was filing a counterclaim to a suit the Rowleys filed against him in September. The hand-written document was filed Oct. 21 in Shawnee County District Court.
"As a result of the plaintiffs breech [sic] of contract, I, the defendant suffered a gunshot to my back, which almost killed me," Dimmick wrote. "The hospital bills alone are in excess of $160,000, which I have no way to pay."
The Rowleys tried to have the suit dismissed, saying they never accepted Dimmick's offer of money and if they had, their consent would have been given under duress. They have denied all of Dimmick's claims.
District Judge Franklin Theis hasn't ruled on the Rowleys' motion.
The Rowleys said Dimmick, then a fugitive wanted for a killing in Colorado, entered their home and confronted them at knifepoint. The couple escaped after Dimmick fell asleep, the newspaper said. Police said they entered and ordered Dimmick onto his stomach before a Topeka police officer's rifle accidentally discharged, hitting Dimmick.
Dimmick was convicted in May 2010 of four felonies, including two counts of kidnapping, and sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison.
He now is being held by Colorado authorities on a murder charge in the September 2009 killing of Michael Curtis, The Capital-Journal said.
Dimmick sued the city of Topeka in September 2010, seeking more than $75,000 in damages. A pretrial hearing is Dec. 6.