Kemper Kidnapping Case Sentencing

Jackson, Miss. Five suspects, who were charged in connection with the kidnapping of a child in Kemper County, were sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Jackson.

Wanda Faye Dancy, of DeKalb, Shamarius S. Ruffin, of Porterville, and Shaquayla S. Johnigan, of Porterville, were each sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to kidnap. They were also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1400 each.

Joyce M. Johnigan and James Shurman Johnigan both of Porterville, were sentenced to 8 months in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release with home confinement. They had previously pleaded guilty to a criminal information charging them with misprision of a felony. They were also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1400 each.

The five were charged in connection with the kidnapping a 6-year-old girl in April 2013 from East Kemper Elementary School. A day after being kidnapped the child was dropped off unharmed on a rural Lauderdale County road.

The motive for the kidnapping was allegedly a family dispute over land. The accused mastermind in the case, Jessie Mae Pollard, is set for sentencing on Feb. 18, 2014. She could get 20 years to life.

Her son, former University of Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard, was allowed to avoid prosecution if he stays out of trouble for two years.


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