Man Gets 16 Years for Abducting College Student

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago December 06, 2013 Dec 6, 2013 Friday, December 06 2013 Friday, December 06, 2013 7:19:10 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

CLAYTON (AP) - A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for abducting a Washington University student from a campus parking garage and forcing her to withdraw money from several ATMs.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 24-year-old William James Cobbins was sentenced Thursday. A St. Louis County jury convicted him last month on charges of kidnapping, robbery and armed criminal action.

The crime happened in August 2012. The 23-year-old victim was a second-year law student. Cobbins approached her with a small knife, forced her into the driver's seat and made her drive for nearly two hours to several ATMs. He got away with $1,000.

Police tracked the victim's card and viewed surveillance footage to identify Cobbins.

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