A Pleasant Grove (South Dallas) man was sentenced June 23 in U.S. District Court to 24 years in federal prison in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of kidnapping. Thirty-six year old Rodney Wynn’s sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
A federal grand jury indicted Wynn with 10 others in November 2014 on various charges of conspiracy, drug trafficking, kidnapping, firearms, witness intimidation/tampering and records destruction stemming from involvement in a violent drug trafficking organization. The DTO operation was run out of Pleasant Grove and the Dallas County Jail. Each of the 11 defendants have now been convicted and sentenced.
Wynn admitted to his involvement in a brutal kidnapping where he and others carjacked and kidnapped a victim in broad daylight at a gas station on Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. The victim was run over twice, taken by force at gunpoint and carried to another location where he was beaten and tortured. Prosecutors say Wynn and his co-actors were seeking to locate drug money they believed the victim had stolen. Several surveillance cameras recorded the kidnapping.
After the kidnapping incident, Wynn was placed on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitive List in Sept. 2014. He was captured June 12, 2015.
DPS, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and the Dallas Police Department led the investigation. Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Calvert and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Errin Martin and P.J. Meitl prosecuted the case.