LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - DeQuinta Jack is only 19 years old, but by the time he likely gets out of prison, he’ll be in his thirties. Jack was sentenced for kidnapping a woman and dumping her along a Lake Charles road. That woman says she will never be the same.
May 24, 2018, Jack kidnapped a woman who he wrapped in sheets and tied with duct tape. Eventually, he dumped her along La. 14, traumatized, but alive.
In November, he pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping and simple burglary and is now sentenced to 15 years. Technically, he was sentenced to 25 years, but 10 were suspended; which means, if he does what he’s supposed to, he won’t have to serve them. He was also sentenced to eight years for simple burglary, but that runs at the same time as the 15.
Chief Felony Prosecutor Jacob Johnson is pleased.
“I feel like the court recognized this was a very violent offense. He’s going to have to serve some significant prison time. And I believe the court handed down the appropriate sentence. This has affected her in a lot of ways. You know violent offenses, they terrorize people for a long time, not just while the crime is taking place or just shortly thereafter,” Johnson said.
In a letter read to the court, the victim says she's afraid to be alone or go anywhere by herself.
“This shakes people’s confidence and their ability to go about their lives, go to stores, go to gas stations; all those kinds of things because they are constantly in fear of what happened to them reoccurring,” Johnson said.
Prosecutors say the case against Jack was strong thanks to surveillance cameras which caught him on video nearly every step of the way. And he gives credit to Lake Charles Police for diligently ferreting out those videos.
“This victim was taped up with duct tape. He was caught on camera at Walmart the night before purchasing the duct tape that he used to tape her up. In the motel where he shoved her into the vehicle, he was caught on camera taking her out of the motel room while she was covered in a pillowcase and bed sheet and putting her into the car,” Johnson said.
Johnson says those who commit crimes should know cameras are everywhere and almost always someone is watching. Prosecutors say jack kidnapped her to get things of value like using her debit card.
Though Jack is sentenced to serve fifteen years, he could trim a couple years off with good behavior.