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Teen Gets 12 Years for Kidnapping Elderly Woman

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Phillip Brewer Phillip Brewer
Margaret Smith Margaret Smith
GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP/WBOC)- The last of four teenagers charged in the kidnapping of an 89-year-old Sussex County, Del. woman who was locked in her car trunk for two days before being abandoned at a cemetery has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Eighteen-year-old Phillip Brewer was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to carjacking, kidnapping and conspiracy and cooperating in the prosecutions of his co-defendants. He received seven years for his role in the kidnapping and five years for a parole violation.

Seventeen-year-old Jackeline Perez and 16-year-old Junia McDonald were both sentenced to 16 years in prison for the kidnapping of Margaret E. Smith, while 19-year-old Rondaiges Harper was sentenced to 30 years behind bars.

"The length and severity of these sentences show how seriously we take violent crimes committed against senior citizens," Biden said. "These prison terms will keep these individuals off the streets and out of Delaware's neighborhoods for a long time. I want to thank Deputy Attorneys General Melanie Withers and Casey Ewart for their hard work and dedication on these prosecutions."

Police said that on March 18, 2013 Jackeline Perez, and her friend, Junia McDonald, 16, first asked Smith for a ride from a Milford convenience store to a home in Lincoln. After arriving, Smith was forced to give her car keys and then forced into the trunk of her car, according to authorities.  Police say Perez and McDonald then drove to pick up other friends – Brewer and Rondaiges Harper – with Smith locked in the trunk of the car.  Smith spent two days trapped in the trunk of her car before being released at a cemetery near Seaford. 

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