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4 sentenced to prison in attack on gay man in Ky.


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LONDON, Ky. (AP) - Four people from eastern Kentucky have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in the kidnapping and attack of a gay man.

U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove on Wednesday ordered 38-year-old David Jason Jenkins to prison for 30 years, and his cousin, 22-year-old Anthony Ray Jenkins, locked up for 17 years. A federal jury in London, Ky., found the two men guilty in 2012 of kidnapping 30-year-old Kevin Pennington. The jury acquitted both men of federal hate crime charges.

Van Tatenhove also sentenced 20-year-old Mable Ashley Jenkins to 100 months in prison and 20-year-old Alexis LeeAnn Jenkins to eight years in prison. The two women pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting kidnapping and a hate crime. They testified for the prosecution at trial.

The trial was the first prosecution under a 2009 expansion of federal hate crimes law to include assaults motivated by sexual orientation.

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