WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY KYRA JENNER RECOGNIZED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER AT ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
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October 18, 2012
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder recognized 282 department employees for their distinguished public service yesterday at the 60th Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony. Fifty-seven other individuals outside of the department were also honored for their work. Held at DAR Constitution Hall, this annual ceremony recognized both department employees and others for their outstanding dedication to carrying out the Department of Justice’s missions. This year, KYRA JENNER from the Western District of Arkansas was awarded the John Marshall Award.
“This year’s award recipients have made significant contributions across, and far beyond, the Department of Justice and helped to protect the rights, safety and best interests of the citizens we are privileged to serve,” Attorney General Holder said. “I am grateful for the dedication and passion that these extraordinary public servants bring to their work, and I am honored to count them as colleagues.”
United States Attorney Eldridge stated “Kyra is an excellent Assistant U.S. Attorney. She, along with the rest of the trial team, did an outstanding job of representing the United States in the first trial involving the Shepherd-Byrd Hate Crimes Act.”
The John Marshall Awards are the Department’s highest awards offered to attorneys, for contributions and excellence in specialized areas of legal performance. The award presented to Ms. Jenner was specifically for Successful Investigation and Prosecution of United States v. Maybee et.al.
Kyra Jenner has served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for 20 years, 13 of those in Western District of Arkansas. This award is in recognition for her work in the U.S. v. Maybee et.al case. The Defendants Frankie Maybee, 20, and Sean Popejoy, 19, both of Green Forest, Arkansas targeted and assaulted five men for no reason other than the fact that they were Hispanic. The victims were badly injured, and one of the victims sustained life threatening injuries. Maybee was sentenced to 135 months in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. Popejoy was sentenced to 48 months in prison and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Each was sentenced to three years supervised release after prison and ordered to pay $5,440 in restitution to the victims, jointly and severally.
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