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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

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TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008                         PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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MEN SENTENCED FOR BEAUMONT I-10 KIDNAPPING

            BEAUMONT, TX -    United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that two men have received lengthy prison sentences for a kidnapping on Interstate-10 in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            LAROMANAIN DONTE ANDERSON, 20, of Houston, was found guilty by a jury on July 25, 2007 following a three-day trial in federal court. Anderson was sentenced today to 252 months in federal prison for one count of kidnapping, an additional 252 months for a second count of kidnapping, and 120 months for interstate transport of a stolen vehicle.  United States District Judge Thad Heartfield also ordered Anderson to pay restitution in the amount of $18,184.00.  The prison sentences will run concurrently to each other. 

            Co-defendant, PERCY LEE OLIVER, 21, of Kenner, Louisiana, was sentenced on March 3, 2008 to 240 months in federal prison for one count of kidnapping and an additional 240 months for a second count of kidnapping.  Judge Heartfield also ordered Oliver to pay $18,184.00 in restitution.  His prison sentences will also run concurrently to each other.  Oliver pleaded guilty to kidnapping charges in June 2007. 

            According to information presented in court, on December 23, 2006, a Houston family was traveling through Beaumont after visiting relatives in Louisiana when they stopped at a convenience store on Interstate-10.  Two adults exited the SUV leaving two children and their mother asleep in the vehicle.  Oliver and Anderson then pulled the sleeping woman from the SUV, throwing her to the ground, and leaving in the vehicle.  An “Amber Alert” was issued for the vehicle and the children, ages 7 and 8.  The vehicle was spotted in Sulphur, Louisiana, at which time a chase ensued on Interstate-10 through Lake Charles, ending when the SUV struck an 18-wheeler and flipped out of control.  Oliver and Anderson were then apprehended and the children were reunited with their parents at a Lake Charles hospital.
           
            The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Beaumont Police Department, the Louisiana State Police and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Hobbs.

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