A 27-year-old Cahokia man will spend the next 25 years in federal prison for kidnapping a man in East St. Louis.
Antwon D. Jenkins was sentenced Friday by U.S. Chief District Court Judge David R. Herndon for kidnapping and using or carrying a firearm during or in relation to kidnapping. A jury found Jenkins guilty on both counts. He was charged in August 2012.
The evidence at trial showed on July 17, 2012, Jenkins lured a young man to his house in East St. Louis. While there, Jenkins and others brutally attacked the man and accused him of committing a burglary on Jenkins' second home in Cahokia. Jenkins then forced the victim into his truck.
Jenkins drove the man across the Poplar Street Bridge and into Franklin County, Mo. During the drive, Jenkins pulled off Interstate 44 twice and threatened the man at gunpoint. The second time Jenkins pulled over, he told the man to get out of the truck so Jenkins could shoot him in the back. The victim ran off into the woods and escaped. Jenkins was arrested a few days later.
U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton said his office is committed to prosecuting the most violent criminals. "Antwon Jenkins is an exceptionally dangerous and violent man," Wigginton said in a released statement. "A sentence like this sends a strong, clear message: stop the violence or pay the price."
The FBI, the Illinois State Police, the Columbia Police Department and the East St. Louis Police Department investigated this case.