January 16, 2019 06:43 PM
The last of the three men charged in connection to the kidnapping and assault of an Alexandria teen in 2017 was given an eight-year sentence Wednesday.
Steven Michael Samuel Powers pleaded guilty last November to one count of kidnapping and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
He will serve at least 69 months in prison, the final 34 months of his sentence could be on supervised release.
He was given credit for 499 days served. And he was ordered to serve 10 years of conditional requirements upon his release. Among those conditions is predatory offender registration.
Jasmine Block was taken from her home on Aug. 8, 2017 and held captive for nearly a month.
Her mom said the sentence wasn't harsh enough.
"He didn't get enough as he should have and our family really hurts about that," Sarah Block said. "We have to live with this our whole life, and he pretty much got a slap on the wrist."
Jasmine Block was in court Wednesday afternoon. It was the first time she had seen Powers since the ordeal. She said her strength has helped her heal.
"I'm strong and I'm brave and I can do anything I put my mind to," she said.
Three men were charged in connection to the matter. Thomas Barker was sentenced to just under 24 years in prison last November. Joshua Holby was sentenced to 86 months in prison earlier this month.
Police alleged Barker and Block knew each other, and when he approached the girl outside her home, telling her he needed help with a situation, she agreed and got into his vehicle. When the two arrived at Barker's residence, authorities said he restrained the teen with zip ties, assaulted her and threatened her with weapons.
She told investigators her alleged captors mostly held her in a closet outfitted with a television and a fan, assaulted her and transported her in a large duffle bag.
She also said she believed one of her captors attempted to drown her in a bathtub before she was able to fight him off. Another forced her from a bucket she was standing on while she had a rope or cord around her neck, and she described a period during which she could not breathe.
She relayed the details of what occurred over the course of the previous month to police while in an ambulance after she had seized an opportunity to run when her captors left her alone.
Updated: January 16, 2019 06:43 PM
Created: January 16, 2019 03:13 PM
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