Sentence Handed Down In Grandmother's Kidnapping

59-year-old Chicago woman forced to ride in trunk of car for hours

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for kidnapping a Chicago woman and joyriding for hours with her locked in the trunk of her car.

Demarcus Dunn was sentenced Monday after he and co-defendant Tyre Howard were convicted in June of aggravated  kidnapping, armed robbery and aggravated vehicular hijacking.

Howard was sentenced to 26 years in August.

The men, who were teens at the time, were accused of forcing 59-year-old Loretta Wheeler into the trunk of her car at gunpoint after kidnapping her from her garage in 2005.

Prosecutors said they drove around with her in the trunk for three hours, stopping periodically to demand the passcode for her bank card. The two fled after a short police chase, but were arrested a few days later.

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