East St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty in Kidnapping

Springfield, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Quavondris Lee Graves, from East St. Louis, pled guilty in federal district court to aiding and abetting kidnapping, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Graves, 21, is scheduled for sentencing on March 18, 2013. He faces a maximum penalty of any term of imprisonment or life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and five years’ supervised release.

Court documents indicate that in July 2012, Graves and others physically assaulted a man in East St. Louis. Graves then aided and abetted a co-defendant in confining the man in a vehicle and driving him across the Popular Street Bridge into Missouri.

The case was investigated by the cooperative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Illinois State Police, the Columbia, Illinois Police Department; and the East St. Louis Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Monica A. Stump is prosecuting the case.