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Friday, February 20, 2015

East St. Louis Resident Resentenced To 135 Months For Role In Kidnapping

Jevon M. Jenkins, from East St. Louis, Illinois, was resentenced today by United States District Court Judge David R. Herndon to 135 months in federal prison for Aiding and Abetting Kidnaping, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Court documents indicate that in July 2012, Jenkins and others physically assaulted a Cahokia man in East St. Louis. Jenkins then aided and abetted a co-defendant in confining the Cahokia man in a vehicle and driving him across the Popular Street Bridge into Missouri.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Herndon considered the facts and circumstances surrounding Jenkins’ conviction and his criminal history, commenting that the “brutality of the case was quite shocking” and this was a “horrendous crime against a human being.” Judge Herndon then sentenced Jenkins to 135 months in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal prison system. In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Herndon sentenced Jenkins to serve 5-years of supervised release and to pay restitution to the victim. According to United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton, “What the victim in this case endured should never be experienced by any human being. We are proud of the sentence imposed today by Judge Herndon. It sends a strong message to criminals: crimes of brutality and torture will not be tolerated.”

U.S. Attorney Wigginton added that: “This case would not have been successful without the courage and perseverance of law enforcement, the witnesses, and especially the victim. We are grateful for the cooperative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Illinois State Police, the Columbia, Illinois Police Department, and the East St. Louis, Illinois, Police Department, who comprised the Save Our Streets Task Force active in the summer of 2012.”

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Monica A. Stump.

Updated March 3, 2015