The Family Jenkins: The Family That Hates Together.......
Alexis Leeann Jenkins and Mable Ashley Jenkins, two
Kentucky women, have become the first people in the country to be convicted
under the federal hate-crimes law for helping to assault Kevin Pennington because he's gay.
The two women
pleaded guilty to one charge of kidnapping and one charge of aiding others in
causing bodily injury to Pennington. Their convictions are the first in
the nation under provisions of the federal law covering crimes of violence
motivated by a person's actual or perceived sexual orientation, according to
U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey, and the two women face possible life
Good. Maybe an
example will be set.
circumstances of their pleas indicate that they plan on cooperating with prosecutors,
so their sentences could be reduced or vacated. They have agreed to be
charged by way of a document called information--which is different than an indictment,
which requires a grand jury to approve the charges. Their attorneys
declined to comment on whether the two nineteen-year-old will cooperate in
prosecuting two others charged in the case.
scheduled to be sentenced in August.
arise from an April 4, 2011, attack on Kevin Pennington, who was a friend of
Mable Ashley Jenkins. According to a federal indictment returned this
week, David Jason Jenkins and Anthony Ray Jenkins--Alexis Jenkins is
Anthony Jenkins' wife, and Ashley is his sister--wanted to attack Pennington
and got the two women to lure him into a trap by saying they would help him buy
Suboxone, a pain medication used to treat addiction to opiates.
Pennington to a secluded spot at Kingdom Come State Park, and Jason and Anthony
Jenkins dragged him out of the pickup and beat him with, according to court
documents, the intent to kill him for being gay. Alexis and Ashley Jenkins
allegedly egged on the attack, yelling "Kill the faggot."
able to escape during a lull in the attack and hid in the woods until the four
stopped looking for him.
Anthony Jenkins have pleaded not guilty. They could be sentenced to life if
I say, lock 'em
all up, and give them some kind of family sentencing plan, since they like to
Gay Bash together.
And. I'll say
it again. If the Family Jenkins had beaten, and tried to kill, Kevin Pennington
for his money, or his drugs, that would be a hateful thing to do. But to lure
him in to the woods, beat him, and try to murder him simple because he's a gay
man is Hate.