2 sentenced to federal prison in carjackings

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge has sentenced two men to more than three decades each in federal prison for kidnapping random victims in downtown Chattanooga and forcing them into the trunks of their own cars.

Chief U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier on Friday sentenced 21-year-old Christopher Turner to 32 years in prison and 21-year-old Jeffrey McClendon, Jr., to 37 years in prison.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported (http://bit.ly/J5xod1 ) that Collier found McClendon had not accepted responsibility for the crime and handed down the longer sentence.

Prosecutors say Turner and McClendon, along with two others, pistol-whipped two different men in August 2010, forced them into the trunks of their cars and drove around town.

Two others are awaiting trial in state court.


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