Man receives 40 years in prison for kidnapping
A Jackson man got 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to his participation in a June 2022 conspiracy to rob a Ridgeland man and his elderly parents.
Jordan Collins., 24, of Jackson, was sentenced by Judge Bradley Mills in Madison Circuit Court after being found guilty of multiple offenses including kidnapping, aggravated assault, armed carjacking and conspiracy, Madison County District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr., announced Tuesday.
“This is one of those cases that seems like it was something out of a movie,” Bramlett said. “It is one of the most complicated and sophisticated schemes I have seen with the origin beginning from behind the bars of a MDOC prison facility.”
The judge sentenced him to serve a total of 40 years for the various offenses.
“The Ridgeland and Jackson Police departments put countless hours into the investigation and apprehension of each of the men and women involved in this matter and assured there was plenty of evidence so that each one would go to prison for their involvement,” Bramlett said. “We hope that by convicting the final defendant in the Madison case, the victims can continue to heal and close this horrible chapter in their lives.”
This concluded the more than two-year investigation and prosecution of six individuals involved in an elaborate scheme to rob an elderly couple living in the Country Club of Jackson and their adult son who lived in Ridgeland.
Co-defendants included Kneefe Miller, 23; Sam Young, 35; Debra Cameron, 50; David Bradford Mitchell, 28; and Desmond Jones, 31.
Bramlett said all but Collins pleded guilty to various crimes associated with the incidents. Collins elected to go to trial. After a three-day trial, which included the testimony of several co-defendants and the victim as well as multiple individuals’ cell phone location data, the jury found Collins guilty of all charges.
In mid-2020, Samuel Young was incarcerated in the Marshall County Correctional Facility with the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Bramlett said.
Young had been previously convicted of sexual battery as a violent habitual offender and sentenced to life in Madison County Circuit Court.
While incarcerated, he started an online affair with Ridgeland resident Deborah Cameron, Bramlett said. At the time Cameron was the long-time live-in girlfriend of the adult son victim.
Young and Cameron devised a plan where they would contract out a home invasion on the son and his elderly parents to steal expensive jewelry, credit cards, and bank account information from both houses.
Young contacted David Mitchell, who was also being housed in the Marshall County Correctional Facility to set up the individuals who would do the robberies, according to testimony.
On June 4, 2022, Desmond Jones dropped Jordan Collins and Kneefe Miller off at the son’s Ridgeland home, according to Bramlett.
Debra Cameron was expecting them and left the back door unlocked so that they could get into the house. After entering the home, Collins and Miller pulled guns on the victim and forced him to give them cash and the keys to his vehicle.
They then put him in his car at gunpoint and began to drive off. The victim was able to escape from the moving vehicle and called police, Bramlett said.
While police were on the scene in Ridgeland at the victim’s residence, they received word that his elderly parents had also been the victims of an armed home invasion at their Jackson home.
The couple had been awakened by two gunmen entering their home and zip-tying them at gunpoint. The two masked gunmen then stole several pieces of jewelry and their vehicle.
“We are truly sorry the victims had to endure the terror these individuals put them through and are glad we were able to successfully prosecute each and every one of them,” Bramlett said.
Through an extensive joint investigation with the Ridgeland Police Department and the Jackson Police Department, officers were able to identify multiple individuals involved in the planned home invasions, Bramlett said.