A Kentucky father and son violently kidnapped and raped a woman. Now, they will never walk free again.
Recently, United States District Judge Robert E. Wier sentenced Jake Messer, 39, to life in federal prison for the kidnapping and rape of a victim. Messer was found guilty and convicted by a jury of two counts of kidnapping.
Last month, Jake’s father, George Oscar Messer, 62, was also convicted by a jury and sentenced to life for the same charges.
“This is a disturbing example of the incidence of unspeakable violence that often accompanies illegal drug trafficking. This case included kidnappings, threats, firearms, repeated sexual assaults, and even a true sense of lawlessness. This unconstrained violence and infliction of suffering certainly warrants the sentence imposed. Cases like this will embolden our efforts to combat this blight on our communities; it should also serve as a stark warning to those who continue to participate in destructive violence and drug trafficking,” said United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Carlton S. Shier.
During their trials, the evidence submitted showed both men had been involved in an unsuccessful drug deal with two unidentified victims. According to prosecutors, the male victim had lost the money provided by the Messers to buy drugs.
As a result, Jake Messer and his father ordered two other co-defendants, Joshua Mills and Stephen Jewell, to kidnap the victims and move them to a tailer in the remote part of Clay County, Kentucky. Twenty-four hours later, the victims were separated, assaulted and interrogated. Then, Jake Messer decided to hold down the female victim and raped her.
He also provided his father with zip ties and duct tape, which he used to bound and raped the female victim a second time, prosecutors said.
Later, the victims escaped after they were seen by a family member in a ditch on the side of the road. After authorities received the report of the incident, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Kentucky State Police swung into action and raided the Messer’s residence.
Federal officials arrested the duo and confiscated 15 firearms, including an assault rifle.
George Messer had a prior conviction for a third-degree sexual abuse in 2014, reported Lex 18.