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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 24, 2016

South Dallas DTO Member Sentenced to 24 Years in Federal Prison on Kidnapping Charge

DALLAS — Rodney Wynn, 36, of Pleasant Grove, South Dallas, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 24 years in federal prison following his guilty plea in February 2016 to one count of kidnapping, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

A federal grand jury indicted Wynn and ten others in November 2014 on various conspiracy, drug trafficking, kidnapping, firearm, witness intimidation/tampering, and records destruction charges stemming from their involvement in a violent drug trafficking organization (DTO) that operated out of both the Pleasant Grove area of South Dallas and the Dallas County Jail.  All eleven defendants have been convicted, and all have been sentenced. 

Wynn admitted to involvement in a brutal kidnapping in which Wynn and co-conspirators carjacked and kidnapped a victim in broad daylight at a gas station on Stemmons Freeway in Dallas.  The victim was run over twice, taken by force and at gunpoint, carried to another location where he was then beaten and tortured, as Wynn and his co-conspirators sought to locate drug money they believed the victim had stolen.  Several surveillance cameras recorded the kidnapping.

Following the offense, Wynn was placed on the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive List on September 12, 2014 and was taken into custody on June 12, 2015.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and the Dallas Police Department led the investigation. 

Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Calvert and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Errin Martin and P. J. Meitl prosecuted the case.

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Topic: 
Violent Crime
Updated June 24, 2016