Man sentenced to 30 years in prison on kidnapping charges

Man sentenced to 30 years in prison on kidnapping charges

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A man involved in the 2015 kidnapping and assault of a Jackson County woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The victim was kidnapped in St. Martin on the evening of July 25, and taken to the 9300 block of Travis Avenue. There, police say the woman was held against her will and beaten for several hours.

Nearly two years later, 30-year-old Christopher Michael Gray pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and one count of kidnapping on. On the first count, Gray was sentenced to five years of post release supervision, court costs, $1,500 fine, and $100 toward the victim's compensation fund. On the second count, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison with 22 years to serve.

The sentence for conspiracy to commit kidnapping will run consecutive to the kidnapping charge.

"Today's resolution is another victory in the continued struggle to hold gang members accountable for the lawlessness and violence they bring to our community. I am proud of the investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, whose efforts helped us to prove that there was gang involvement in this case," said District Attorney Tony Lawrence. "I hope this lengthy prison sentence sends a message that law-abiding citizens are sick and tired of gangs and the criminal subculture they create. This is the fifth resolution of the seven defendants who were charged in this case.

Nathaniel Trent Estringer, 23, Shana Sumako Cox, 39, Jeremy Alan Widel, 27, Sherry Lynn Emile, 44, and Dillon Scott Odom, 19, were all arrested and charged with kidnapping in 2015.

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