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East St. Louis Resident Sentenced To 168 Months For Role In Kidnapping

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

Jevon M. Jenkins, from East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced in federal court today to 168 months in federal prison for Aiding and Abetting Kidnapping, 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.

United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton noted that, “The facts of this case are unimaginable, atrocious, and inexcusable. We are proud of the sentence imposed today. It sends a strong message to the criminals: these crimes will not be tolerated. My office remains dedicated to seeking justice for all victims. Today, the victim in this case witnessed that first hand.”

United States Attorney Wigginton added: “This case would not have been successful without the courage of the investigators, the witnesses, and the victim. We are especially appreciative of 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.”

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

Updated February 19, 2015