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  • Writer's pictureRobin Lyons

Last Ride

A young 20–year-old mother was at a friend’s apartment when a 39-year-old man at the apartment asked her for a ride. She gave him a ride. Her mother said she was friendly to everyone.

The two were on a mission to get drugs. The man coerced the woman into having sex with him. She became upset and didn’t want to get the drugs—they argued. He grabbed her by the neck and squeezed until he thought she had died.

In the backseat for some time, she coughed, which surprised the man who now had taken possession of her car. He stopped the car, choked her again, and then tossed her in the trunk.

The next day, her mother became concerned when she couldn’t reach her daughter. She reported her missing and law enforcement quickly put out a BOLO (be on the lookout) for her car, her and the man the mother had learned she’d left the apartment with.

Law enforcement received a tip that the man may be in a neighboring state on an Indian Reservation where he knew people. That’s exactly where the Indian Police Dept. found him. After a pursuit down a dead-end road, they arrested him and found the girl’s body in the trunk of her car.

More than a year later, he pleaded guilty to Kidnapping Resulting in Death. The U.S. Attorney said,

“This was a horrendous, despicable crime. We will not tolerate acts of violence in our communities...”

Later that same year, a U.S. District Court judge sentenced him to life in a federal prison without the possibility of parole.

Be sure to email me if you hear of a true-crime you think would be good in a book. I’ll research it, share it and possibly use it in one of my novels.

And if you are an author interested in true-crimes as inspiration for a plot, email me. I’m happy to share more information about this case.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. FBI, Texarkana News, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

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