Brian Kelly

EAST ST. LOUIS Il. (KMOX)- A federal jury has found a Dupo man guilty of kidnapping and torturing a young woman and threatening to hurt her until her family paid a ransom.

During the three-day trial the jury heard evidence that 30-year-old Thomas Cureton kidnapped his 18-year-old victim and took her to Washington Park.

There police say he bound and beat her, placed a gun to her head and threatened to disfigure her with a knife.

The victim’s grandfather testified that Cureton called him and told him, “I’m going to keep hurting her until I get my money”.

Cureton was also found guilty of dealing crack cocaine across from Franklin Elementary School in Belleville.

He faces up to life in prison when sentenced in November.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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