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.
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