Man sentenced for abduction

April 8th, 2015    Author: Administrator    Filed Under: News

Assistant Prosecutor Carol Rowe, on right, speaks to Judge Jerry McBride about John Magevney during Magevney’s sentencing on April 2.

By Kelly Doran
Sun staff

A man was sentenced to five years in jail after forcing a 17-year-old to drive him around and give him money.

John Magevney, age 25, who was arrested at the end of January, was charged with kidnapping, two counts of abduction and one count of robbery.

The abduction and robbery counts were dropped and Magevney pleaded guilty to kidnapping, a felony of the second degree, on March 19, said Carol Rowe, assistant prosecutor. He went to sentencing on April 2.

Judge Jerry McBride sentenced Magevney to five years in prison with mandatory five-year post release control and no restitution.

Magevney understands now how serious his actions were, said Steve Haynes, assistant public defender. At the time, Magevney did not understand how the victim perceived his actions.

“I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” Magevney said.

While no force or threat was used, Magevney understands that he seemed like a threat to the victim and that he crossed boundaries, Haynes told McBride.

“He does show genuine remorse,” Haynes said.

On Jan. 18, an Amelia police officer was called to the Kroger on Main Street in Amelia because John Magevney had forced his way into a 17-year-old’s car, said Interim Chief Jeff Wood in January.

Magevney told the juvenile to give him money and then forced the juvenile to drive to multiple ATMs and take out more money, Wood said. After about an hour, Magevney told the victim to drop him off at a residence on Hopper Hill Road.

The victim now has problems sleeping and is afraid of people, said Rowe.

“He was very aggressive and intimidating,” Rowe said. The state asked for a lengthy sentence, Rowe told McBride.

While Magevney has a history of non-compliance with the law, he is not a violent person, Haynes said.

Magevney has not had an easy life, Haynes said. His father introduced him to crack cocaine and his aunt introduced him to some things. Magevney needs to work on his drug addiction and his other issues while incarcerated, Haynes said.

“My addiction has taken me places I’ve never wanted to go before,” Magevney said.

This offense does not warrant a maximum sentence, Haynes said. Magevney is not likely to recommit.

In addition, Magevney did release the victim unharmed in a safe place, Haynes said. Four or five years is a long time, and would send a message to Magevney.

Magevney did not release the victim, Rowe countered. When Magevney got out of the car at one stop, the victim escaped.

Because the victim is a juvenile, that makes the offense more serious. While the victim was not harmed physically, he was harmed, McBride said.

McBride read a lengthy list of Magevney’s past offenses; include underage consumption of alcohol, assault, domestic violence, aggravated burglary and possession of heroin/cocaine.

Magevney has mental health issues but is not taking medication because he says he cannot afford them, McBride said. Prison officials have prescribed him medications.

While Magevney is known by businesses in the area because he goes and asks for money, he has never been this bad before, Rowe said.

Based on Magevney’s past, recidivism seems likely, McBride said.

The victim’s grandparents, Melvin and Sharon Eckert, attended the sentencing.

“I don’t think it was enough,” Melvin Eckert said of the sentencing, especially because of Magevney’s lengthy record and the impact this has had on their grandson.

Magevney has approached Sharon Eckert before for money, she said. While he has never tried to get into her car, she knows of other people he has done that to.

Sharon Eckert is concerned that next time Magevney commits an offense he will really hurt someone.

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9 Responses to “Man sentenced for abduction”

  1. He got what was coming to him i am glad he is off the street.

  2. Susan says:

    I personally know this man and to be honest I dont think 5 years is enough. The mental issues are there I have seen them myself and he is violent. This addict line is really getting old. We could all say we are addicts to a court and try to get a lesser sentence and 9 of 10 times it works. I say if you do a crime you should be sentenced the time appropriate to the time and then and only then treat the addiction and the mental illness.

  3. Alex Shepherd says:

    He had been doing this for YEARS only targeting young women in the Amelia / Cherry Grove area. This is just the only time he was caught or they got something to stick. He’s a pathetic opportunist and though I disagree with the justice system more often than not anymore, this kind of person that bullies, intimidates, and preys on the young, weak, and defenseless, deserves to rot in jail.

  4. James Tolle says:

    I guarantee you he will be back at panhandling and drugs as soon as he gets out. He thinks hes entitled and wont actually get a job. He should’ve gotten a lot more time than what he did. Plus he will go back to Pickadoobie (Picadilly) with his drug buddies when he gets out. What a waste.

  5. Eric says:

    Approached my wife and children at a gas station asking for money,then made threats as she locked doors and drove away,next weekend we were sitting in ccw class and now have ccw license,next time he may not be so lucky to have the court save him for 5 years. These people need to be off the streets one way or the other…

  6. Meg says:

    I went to school with this guy for many years. I worked in Anderson from my teens into my mid twenties and he has been targeting young women and old people. He goes from Mt Washington to Anderson and out into Amelia and Eastgate. Every shop owner knows of him and we all the police every time. Five years is not enough. Next time he will hurt someone.

  7. Karma says:

    This is only talking about one occurrence, not the multiple times he has done this! Of course he’s sorry – he’s standing in the middle of a courtroom in handcuffs! Sorry, but five years IS NOT ENOUGH TIME!!!!!!!! This boy needs years and years and years and years and years of psychotherapy and confinement!

  8. anonymous says:

    I am the boy who was kidnapped by Mr. Magevney. I very much appreciate what everyone is saying. It was the scariest experience of my life, and it took me months to get as over it as possible. I agree that 5 years isn’t enough, and I don’t fully understand how it was said I was dropped off in a safe location. I had to escape for my life. However I am glad he has time to think about things. We have all been given challenges in life we need to overcome, some worse than others, and it’s how we respond to those challenges that shape us as people. I hope Mr. Magevney will realize the damage he causes with his actions, and this challenge in his life will make him a better person. I pray this is the case, and no one else has to get hurt. Thank you all for your kind words.

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