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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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DECEMBER 16, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN SENTENCED FOR KIDNAPPING


CARJACKING VICTIM FORCED TO WITHDRAW

MONEY FROM ATM


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court for kidnapping a victim, whom he forced to drive to ATMs to withdraw money from his bank account.


            Rickey R. Norton, Jr., 20, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, to 13 years and four months in federal prison without parole.


            On Nov. 19, 2007, Norton pleaded guilty to kidnapping. Norton admitted that he, along with co-defendant Jeffrey S. Clark, 20, also of Kansas City, and another individual (a minor), kidnapped their victim on Feb. 22, 2007, by forcing the victim into the back seat of his vehicle, a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am, at knife point. Norton drove the victim’s vehicle while Clark and the juvenile, each armed with a knife, sat on either side of him in the back seat. They told the victim they were going to drive him to ATMs so he could withdraw money from his bank account, which he would be forced to give to the abductors.


             Norton drove to several ATM locations in the Kansas City area. The attempt to withdraw money from an ATM in Kansas City, Kan., was unsuccessful, but the victim was forced to withdraw $200 from an ATM near 63rd Street and Troost. One of the abductors stabbed the victim in the leg with his knife. The victim was able to escape shortly thereafter and flagged down a police officer. A police helicopter located the vehicle; Norton and Clark fled on foot but were apprehended a short time later.


             Clark, who pleaded guilty to the same charge, was sentenced on Feb. 5, 2008, to 11 years and three months in federal prison without parole.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Michael Green. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.


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