Convict Tells Kidnapping Victim He's Sorry

Feb 22, 2013

LONDON, Ky.-- A man convicted of kidnapping has apologized to his victim in southern Kentucky.  WYMT-TV in Hazard reported Anthony Jenkins apologized to Kevin Pennington on Thursday at a U.S. District Court hearing in London. He told Pennington he wasn't proud of what he did.

Prosecutors won kidnapping convictions against Jenkins and his cousin, Jason Jenkins, but jurors did not convict the men of a hate crime.

"I regret participating in this assault on April 4th, 2011. It's not something I am proud of. I understand how one bad choice can affect so many lives," Anthony Jenkins told Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove, adding that his mother was killed in 2006. "I'm asking on your behalf if you'll have mercy on me."

Prosecutors asked the court to send Anthony Jenkins to prison for more than 19 years and Jason Jenkins for nearly 34 years, saying they abducted Pennington because he is gay. They called the attack "horrific and violent" and said the suspects "intended to kill him."

Kevin Pennington also addressed the judge, saying he still suffers from injuries he received in the attack.

"The night this happened, I begged these people to stop, and never not once did they stop," he said. "It got worse. They had every intentions of killing me. I endured pain, not just physical, the terror."

Jason Jenkins declined to make a statement.

Van Tatenhove will rule later on the men's sentences.