'Atrocious': East St. Louis man gets 14 years in kidnapping case

News-DemocratOctober 28, 2013 

An East St. Louis man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in a kidnapping.

Jevon M. Jenkins received the sentence in federal court in East St. Louis, U.S. District Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton, announced Monday.

In July 2012, Jenkins was part of a group that physically assaulted a Cahokia man in East St. Louis, according to court records. Jenkins then aided and abetted a co-defendant in confining the Cahokia man in a vehicle and driving him across the Popular Street Bridge into Missouri.

"The facts of this case are unimaginable, atrocious, and inexcusable," Wigginton said. "We are proud of the sentence imposed today. It sends a strong message to the criminals: These crimes will not be tolerated. My office remains dedicated to seeking justice for all victims. Today, the victim in this case witnessed that first hand."

Wigginton credited the cooperative efforts of the FBI, the Illinois State Police, the Columbia and East St. Louis police departments for solving the case and helping to prosecute Jenkins.

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