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St. Louis man gets 16 years for abducting college student

Updated: 2013-12-06T17:03:45Z

— A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for abducting a Washington University student from a campus parking garage and forcing her to withdraw money from several ATMs.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 24-year-old William James Cobbins was sentenced Thursday. A St. Louis County jury convicted him last month on charges of kidnapping, robbery and armed criminal action.

The crime happened in August 2012. The 23-year-old victim was a second-year law student. Cobbins approached her with a small knife, forced her into the driver's seat and made her drive for nearly two hours to several ATMs. He got away with $1,000.

Police tracked the victim's card and viewed surveillance footage to identify Cobbins.

The Associated Press

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