Daniel Jenkins, 22, was sentenced Wednesday to up to 26 years in federal prison on charges of kidnapping, carjacking and hate crimes. He is the last of the four defendants to be sentenced in this case, according to a statement from the DOJ.
Jenkins pleaded guilty to the charges in June.
“This defendant chose victims based on their perceived sexual orientation and then violently assaulted them. The Department of Justice will not tolerate these kinds of heinous and heinous attacks,” Acting US Attorney Chad Meacham said for the northern district of Texas. “Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, fanatics are often in hiding online. We urge users of dating apps like Grindr to be vigilant.”
The plot began in December 2017, according to the statement. Jenkins and a co-conspirator created profiles on Grindr to lure men to places they would steal them, the DOJ said.
On one occasion, Jenkins admitted that he and a group of others took several victims to an apartment complex where they robbed them at gunpoint and assaulted them, injuring at least one of the victims, according to the press release.
Members of the group used homosexual slurs while mocking the victims, and one of the perpetrators attempted to sexually assault a victim, the Justice Department said, Jenkins admitted.
The other men – Michael Atkinson, Pablo Ceniceros-Deleon and Daryl Henry – have also pleaded guilty and their sentences range from 11 to 22 years in prison.
“This sentence affirms that bias-motivated crimes are contrary to our national values and underscores the Department of Justice’s commitment to aggressively prosecute bias-motivated crimes, including crimes against the LGBTQI community. to seek justice for victims of bias-motivated crimes wherever they occur, ”said Deputy Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.