Indictments In Significant Hate Crime Case

(WTVQ-TV, LLC)
(WTVQ-TV, LLC)
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 4/12/2012 3:22 pm
Two Harlan County men were indicted for their roles in the reported kidnapping and assault of a homosexual man because of his sexual orientation.

A federal grand jury in London, Kentucky, returned a three-count indictment, charging 37-year-old David Jason Jenkins and 20-year-old Anthony Ray Jenkins with kidnapping and assaulting Kevin Pennington in April of last year.

The indictment also charges the men with conspiracy.

Both men pleaded not guilty in federal court in London on Thursday.  A June trial date was set.

According to the indictment, on April 4, 2011, the defendants enlisted the help of two women to lure Pennington into a truck with the defendants.

The indictment says Anthony and David Jenkins transported Pennington to a secluded area of the Kingdom Come State Park and assaulted him.

Both defendants were indicted for committing a hate crime in violation of the Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expanded federal jurisdiction to include certain assaults motivated by someone’s sexual orientation.

This case marks the first case in the nation charging a violation of the sexual orientation section of the federal hate crimes law.

The Federal hate crimes law under which these defendants were charged, criminalizes certain acts of violence motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender.
Share
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
KSP Makes Large Drug Bust In Laurel County
The Kentucky State Police issued arrest warrants for eighteen people for illegal drug activity.
2014 36 Blitz: Rockcastle Co. Rockets
The boys in Mount Vernon will look to replace quarterback Corey McPhetridge this season. Video Video
Deputies: Man Badly Beaten, Buried Alive In Rockcastle County
The Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office said a man brutally beat a coworker, then buried him alive.
Police Ask For Your Help In Georgetown Gas Station Robbery
Georgetown Police said they are searching for a suspect who robbed a Shell gas station around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday. Video Video
U of L cheerleader found dead in apartment
A University of Louisville cheerleader has been found dead in an apartment near campus.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.