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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009                                     PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe                                PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

PORT ARTHUR WOMAN SENTENCED FOR
MID-COUNTY CARJACKING

BEAUMONT, TX -    U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today the final defendant has been sentenced to federal prison for a 2007 carjacking in the Eastern District of Texas. 

SARAH LYNN CORMIER, 22, of Port Arthur, was convicted of carjacking on Aug. 11, 2008, and was sentencing to 117 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.   

            According to information presented in court, on Dec. 18, 2007, Cormier and co-defendant, John Fitzgerald Rice, Jr., followed a Groves woman from a Port Neches gas station to her home where she was abducted from her driveway and threatened at gunpoint.  The victim was ordered into the passenger seat of her vehicle after which, the defendants had her withdraw money from an Automated Teller Machine before releasing her and stealing her vehicle.

            The defendants were both convicted after a week-long trial of one count of conspiring to take a motor vehicle which had been shipped in interstate commerce by force and intimidation with intent to cause death and serious bodily harm; one count of car-jacking and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.             

            Five additional defendants have already been convicted and sentenced for their involvement in the incident: JOHN FITZGERALD RICE, JR., 24, of Port Arthur, was convicted of carjacking on Aug. 11, 2008 and was sentenced to 42 years in federal prison on Jan. 26, 2009; JOSHUA JEROME HAYWARD, aka BRANDON METOYER, 19, of Port Arthur, pleaded guilty to carjacking and was sentenced to 170 months in federal prison on Jan. 6, 2009; WILLIAM GENE STANTON, 20, of Nederland, pleaded guilty to carjacking and was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison on Jan. 16, 2009; KEISHA GUIDRY, 19, of Nederland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit carjacking and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison on Jan. 6, 2009; and ALDRAIN JERAY BOOKER pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit carjacking on July 21, 2008, and was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison on Jan. 27, 2009.

            This case was investigated by the Port Arthur Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle Englade and David H. Henderson. 

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