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Kidnapping conviction results in life sentence in Collier County

Posted at 9:37 AM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 09:39:13-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- A judge has sentenced a man to life in prison for a 2016 incident involving a kidnapping and aggravated battery.

22-year-old Keyion Linton was sentenced Monday for the crime, which happened in Collier County in July 2016.

According to the State Attorney's Office, Linton met up with his ex-girlfriend's then boyfriend, a 17-year-old male, and pulled a gun on him.  Linton forced the teen into a car and drove him to an apartment complex on Airport Road, where he forced the victim to walk to a nearby park.

It was there that Linton searched through the victim's text messages, then shot the victim in the shoulder and back.

Linton left but returned with a knife and stabbed the victim in the throat.

The victim was taken to the hospital, where Vinton concocted a false story about what happened.

The victim initially told the same story, but later confessed that it was wrong and told the truth.

.Vinton was later arrested in Suwanee County.

He is now sentenced to life in prison for Kidnapping. He was also sentenced to 25 years in prison for Aggravated Battery with a Firearm Causing Great Harm which will be served concurrent to the first count. He also received 5 years in prison for Tampering with a Witness, Victim, or Informant to be served consecutive to the prior two counts.

Linton was found guilty as charged in June following a two day trial in Collier County.

The victim did survive his injuries.