Sims Gets 4-Year Sentence In Case In Which Ransom Was Demanded

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

A 28-year-old Cleveland, Tn., man was sentenced to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty in Judge Barry Steelman's courtroom to forcing a man into his vehicle at gunpoint and demanding ransom money. David Jeffrey Sims pleaded guilty to extortion.

According to police, they were alerted to the situation when they received a call from a woman saying two white males had kidnapped her boyfriend after holding the couple at gunpoint and demanding $300.

Police said they helped the woman negotiate an agreement with the men. Through multiple phone calls and texts, the men agreed to meet her at the nearest Krystal to exchange her boyfriend for the money.

Police said Sims told her two vehicles would arrive in the parking lot and gave her a description.

When the men arrived, police arrested Sims on the spot. They followed the other vehicle and eventually conducted a traffic stop. The second man was identified as Troy Wysinger, also from Cleveland.

The abducted man was found unharmed. Police said they believed the incident to be drug related.

Sims was originally charged with aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping in addition to extortion, but those charges were dismissed.

 


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