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UPDATE: Woman Sentenced for Violent Kidnapping and Robbery


UPDATE 11/05/13 @ 4:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman has been sentenced to one to five years behind bars for her role in a violent kidnapping and robbery.

Cindy Creathers was sentenced Tuesday in Kanawha County.

Troopers say Joey Jeffery and Creathers took Leanna Quinn up Witcher Creek in December 2012 where they beat her. A person living nearby saw the abduction and called police.

Beaten and kidnapped, Leanna Quinn can't forget what happened to her last December. She didn't appear in court Tuesday for fear of her own life and safety, but a victim impact statement was given to the judge. Quinn's mother was in court.

She tells WSAZ.com, her daughter is suffering from short term memory loss and gets scared every time she hears the sound of a plastic bag. Her mother says, the suspects placed a bag over her head during the abduction.

"She has difficulty being in vehicles, being in confined spaces. She was traumatized by the events of that night and continues to suffer from that," explains Prosecuting Attorney, Tera Salango.

Cindy Creathers spoke in court Tuesday afternoon to Quinn's family and friends. She said, "I wanna tell her from the bottom of my heart I'm sorry for the pain I put her and her family through."

Creather was Joey Jeffrey's girlfriend at the time, but she claims he threatened her life and the crime was all his idea. "I felt as though I couldn't help her in the situation out of fear Joey doing the same thing to me," Creathers said.

Her attorney John Carr, adds, "The individual who perpetuated that crime upon Leanna Quinn was Joey Jeffrey."

Salango argues though, Creathers could have done more to help, "Cindy Creathers was present. She aided Joey Jeffery in some sense and didn't do anything to help the victim get away."

Jeffrey is awaiting trial for December 16th.

Creathers was sentenced to one to five years behind bars. As part of a plea agreement, she will testify against Jeffrey.

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UPDATE 12/08/12 @ 5:53 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) – Police say a woman was abducted at knife point on Witcher Creek Road and forced into a truck.

“She was significantly injured -- with head injuries as well as significant bruising to her back as well as knife wounds to her facial areas and hands and neck," said Sgt. Larry O’Bryan of the West Virginia State Police.

Police say 44-year-old Joey Jeffrey and his girlfriend 37-year-old Cindy Creathers then drove the victim up into the back roads.

"At which time she was beaten and pretty much left in the mud,” said Sgt. O’Bryan.

A person witnessed the abduction and called police.

Troopers were able to track the two alleged criminals down at a Knights Inn motel room in Kanawha City where they were arrested and charged with malicious wounding and kidnapping.

Police say the motivation was drugs or robbery, but it’s not everyday they hear about abductions.

"These types of big city, violent crimes are becoming all too common in West Virginia," said Sgt. O’Bryan.

While the victim is recovering from serious injuries at the hospital, police are left to figure out why she was a target.

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ORIGINAL STORY 12/8/12 @ 4 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A boyfriend and girlfriend are behind bars after police say they abducted another woman, beat her up and robbed her.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com that the victim is in serious condition at CAMC General in Charleston.

Troopers say Joey Jeffery, 44, and Cindy Creathers, 36, both of Witcher Creek, tracked down the victim in the hollow and took her up Witcher Creek where they beat her. A person living nearby saw the abduction and called police.

The victim was able to get back to the main road to get help and was rushed to the hospital, according to police.

The two suspects were later tracked down at the Knights Inn in Kanawha City. Both Jeffery and Creathers were arrested and charged with malicious wounding and kidnapping.

It is still unclear why the victim was targeted but police suspect the motive was either robbery or drugs. Troopers say Jeffery is a known drug dealer.


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