The fate of two men who were acquitted of federal hate crime charges but convicted on kidnapping charges will soon be known. The case of Anthony Ray Jenkins, 21, of Partridge, and David Jenkins, 38, of Partridge, boiled down to a sentencing hearing in Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove’s courtroom in U.S. District Court in London on Thursday.
Federal attorneys are asking that Anthony Jenkins be sentenced to 250 months in prison and that David Jenkins be sentenced to 405 months in prison.
Previous reports show jurors found both Anthony Ray Jenkins and his cousin David Jason Jenkins guilty of conspiracy to a kidnapping and kidnapping following an April 4, 2011 assault on 29-year-old Kevin Pennington inside Kingdom Come State Park located near Cumberland. The two men were charged with violating a section of a federal hate-crimes law that had not previously been prosecuted.
According to the sentencing memorandum for Anthony Jenkins offered to the court by prosecutors, Anthony Ray Jenkins could receive a sentence of up to life in prison, with federal guidelines suggesting a range of 235 to 293 months in prison.
The memorandum states “While Anthony Jenkins official criminal history is limited, the acts of violence and threats of violence by Anthony Jenkins before and after this offense demonstrate the need to protect the public from further acts of violence.”
The memorandum states further that U.S.C. section 3553 requires many factors be considered when setting sentence, such as the nature and circumstances of the offense. The defendant’s history and characteristics as well as the seriousness of the offense must also be considered.
Previous reports state the two women involved in the crime, Mable Ashley Jenkins, 20, and Alexis Jenkins, 20, both of Cumberland, previously entered pleas of guilty to aiding and abetting kidnapping and aiding and abetting the assault on Pennington.
The women are scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 28.
The date of final sentencing for Anthony and David Jenkins is not known at this time and is up to the judge’s discretion.
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