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IL man sentenced to prison for Cape Girardeau kidnapping

Jeffery Lazier (Source: Cape Girardeau PD) Jeffery Lazier (Source: Cape Girardeau PD)

A man from Illinois who is accused of kidnapping a Southeast Missouri State University student in May has been sentenced to federal prison.

Jeffery M. Lazier, 43, of Chicago, Illinois, will serve 35 years in a federal prison after pleading guilty to the kidnapping charge earlier this year.

At the plea, Lazier admitted that on May 12, 2015, he abducted a 22 year old female college student at knife point while she was sitting in her vehicle in the South County Park in Cape Girardeau.

Lazier held the young woman captive in his truck for over six hours while driving throughout Missouri and Illinois.

Lazier repeatedly assaulted her and forced her to attempt to obtain money from various banking facilities in Missouri and Illinois.

When Lazier drove onto an off-ramp on Interstate 57 near Effingham, Illinois, the young woman opened the passenger door and jumped out.

She then ran toward nearby motorists screaming for help.

Witnesses then took her to the Effingham Police Department, who in turn contacted the FBI.

The FBI in Effingham alerted the FBI in Cape Girardeau and the investigation began locally.

The victim’s car was processed for evidence, and a fingerprint was lifted from the outside of the vehicle by an officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department.

The fingerprint matched that of Lazier.

On May 15, 2015, FBI agents arrested Lazier in Yorkville, Illinois and recovered the vehicle used to commit the crime.

This case was investigated by the Cape Girardeau Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney Keith D. Sorrell handled the prosecution for the government.

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