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District of South Dakota

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sioux Falls Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Kidnapping Charge

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Sioux Falls, SD, man pleaded guilty in federal court to Kidnapping.

Jon Henri Bryant, Sr., age 61, was indicted on November 9, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier on August 1, 2017, and pled guilty to the Kidnapping charge alleged in the Superseding Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to Life in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both, 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

According to the indictment, on October 25, 2016, Bryant forcefully and violently took a motor vehicle from the victim, who was forced by Bryant into the vehicle's trunk.  The victim suffered serious bodily injury.  Bryant committed the kidnapping for revenge and he transported the victim over state lines.  

The investigation is being conducted by the Sioux Falls Police Department, the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting the case.   

Bryant was returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service.  A sentencing hearing has been set for October 23, 2017.

Updated August 4, 2017