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Two eastern kentucky men sentenced for kidnapping

From the US Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of KY -

Two men from Whitley and Laurel Counties were sentenced in federal court on Tuesday, by U.S. District Judge Claria Horn Boom, after previously pleading guilty to kidnapping charges.

Gene Jones II, 40, of East Bernstadt, Kentucky, was sentenced to 235 months, and Nigel Medlin, 28, of Rockholds, Ky., was sentenced to 220 months.


According to their plea agreements, on April 2, 2017, Medlin, Sean Fredrick, 33, a second defendant, and a third defendant, Eric Wayne Collins, 34, kidnapped three victims, for the purpose of assaulting one victim because of a missing truck. Medlin admitted to contacting the victim through Facebook Messenger and arranging a meeting in the Walmart parking lot in London, by pretending to buy methamphetamine.


The three admitted to waiting on the victim, who arrived to the parking lot with two others. Medlin and others approached the three victims and instructed one to get in the backseat of the vehicle, then sitting on either side. They instructed one of the other victims to drive the vehicle down I-75, to Jones’ residence in Laurel County.

At Jones’ residence, Collins and Medlin took the victims to a house behind Jones’ house, where they tied and bound one victim. Collins, Fredrick, Jones, and Medlin all took turns physically assaulting the victim, breaking his jaw and hanging a metal logging chain around his neck; Collins then admitted to using pliers to pull several of his teeth.  They also forced the victim to ingest the meth that he had brought to sell.


The four defendants told the victims that, if they went to the police or told anyone about what had happened, they would kill them.


Fredrick pleaded guilty in March 2019. Collins and Medlin pleaded guilty in July 2019.  Jones pleaded guilty in August 2019. Fredrick is scheduled to be sentenced on April 14, 2020, and Collins is scheduled to be sentenced on May 12, 2020.


Under federal law, the defendants must serve 85 percent of their prison sentences and will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for five years.


Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Tommy Estevan, Acting Special Agent in Charge for ATF, jointly made the announcement.

The investigation was directed by the ATF.  The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sam Dotson.

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