Pollard Sentenced to 25 Years

Jesse Mae Pollard

Jackson, Miss. The woman considered the mastermind behind the kidnapping of a 6-year-old Kemper County child will likely be in prison for a long time.

Jessie Mae Pollard was sentenced Tuesday in Jackson to 25 years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping, and obstruction of justice.

Pollard was convicted in November 2013 for planning and enlisting the help of others to take a 6-year-old relative from school and then use the child as a bargaining chip in a dispute with the child's mother. The child was dropped off, unharmed, on a rural road a day after she was taken.

Pollard was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,400.

Five other people who participated in the scheme in some way were sentenced in January to terms ranging from eight months to a year. Pollard's son, former University of Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard, was allowed to avoid prosecution if he stays out of trouble for two years. He testified at his mother's trial.