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Lafayette man sentenced for 2019 carjackings

Posted at 12:11 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 16:47:03-04

A Lafayette man was sentenced to 20 years in prison following by three years supervised released for three armed carjackings.

30-year-old Manuel King, 30, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays to serve 20 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

King, a previously convicted felon, carjacked three separate people on February 20, 2019.

According to a release, the first victim was standing next to his Jeep Grand Cherokee in a Wal-Mart parking lot when King approached and threatened him with a Kimber 9mm semi-automatic pistol. King took the victim's wallet and drove away in the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, King crashed the Jeep and proceeded to carjack a second victim. He crashed that car and then carjacked a third victim.

King was pursued by police, eventually crashing the third car into a pond. At that point, he was arrested and was still in possession of the 9mm pistol he used during each carjacking incident. King's wallet was found in the second victim's vehicle.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Lafayette Police Department, and Lafayette City Marshal's Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. McCoy prosecuted the case.

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