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Two Kentucky women plead guilty in hate crime against gay man

Saturday, April 14, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The two Kentucky women connected to the beating of an openly gay Kentucky man have pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a kidnapping and hate crime assault, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Mable Ashley Jenkins and Alexis LeAnn Jenkins entered guilty pleas Wednesday in the April 2011 attack on Kevin Pennington, said a spokesperson for U. S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey, and added that the pair’s pleas were under court ordered seal for two days.

Alexis Jenkins (left) and Mable Jenkins.

Alexis Jenkins is the wife of Anthony Jenkins, and Mable Jenkins is his sister and cousin of David Jenkins. Both men were indicted earlier this week by a federal grand jury under the first known application of the Matthew Shephard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, alleging a criminal offense under the sexual orientation provision of the statute.

The U. S. Attorney’s office also said that the women, both age 19, face a sentencing hearing in August. The charges they admitted to carry a maximum of life in prison. Their plea agreements remain under seal.

According to the indictment documents, Anthony and David Jenkins took Pennington against his will into Kingdom Come State Park near Cumberland in Harlan County on April 4, 2011, and severely beat him while yelling slurs about his sexual orientation. Mable and Alexia Jenkins admitted they lured Pennington into the pickup truck.

FBI Special Agent Anthony M. Sankey stated in an affidavit that the women allegedly cheered on the attack, yelling “kill that faggot.”

Anthony Jenkins, 20, of Partridge, Ky., and David Jason Jenkins, 37, of Cumberland, Ky., were charged with conspiracy, kidnapping and committing an act of violence based on the victim’s sexual orientation.

The two men have pleaded not guilty, and are scheduled to stand trial June 18 and if convicted, face a maximum of life in prison.

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43 more reader comments:

  1. Sad sad

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:51pm
  2. Im n ky these bytchz need to be seriously delt with. Theyd get fukd up n Louisville

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:51pm
  3. hope they rot in jail!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:51pm
  4. suffer bitches…

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:52pm
  5. Why Weren’t They In The Kitchen Where They Belong????

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:53pm
  6. pure KY whyte trash lol

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:54pm
  7. I’m in Kentucky and ashamed of the pathetic acts of the people.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:56pm
  8. Michael – I live in Kentucky. Please do not spread further hate and bigotry by calling them white trash. It is really uncalled for.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:57pm
  9. Justice bitches mmmwah xx

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:58pm
  10. heh, 2 women try to beat me ill put their head in each others ass.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:58pm
  11. nobody should be hating on anybody just because their different were all beautiful in our own way and its good to be accepted and loved just the way we are

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:01pm
  12. Sorry, couldn’t help myself. My family is from that area and I meant it in the sense that what they did is ignorant and hateful. They made a big mistake and I’m glad they are being prosecuted for it no matter what you want to say about them (or what I said about them) personally.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:02pm
  13. This needs to stop! I’m already pissed at the bigotry enough as it is.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:03pm
  14. Kentucky is right up there with Missouri in the highest rated states of abusers, if you live there or not things need to change NOW, I live in Missouri, these types of people are just going free left and right and it’s simply not acceptable.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:03pm
  15. These are the kinds of people who have called me “faggot” all my life so I don’t feel a lot of sympathy for them.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:04pm
  16. GOOD!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:10pm
  17. throw the book at em is wat i say…

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:12pm
  18. Nichole thank you for your wisdom..

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:14pm
  19. smfh really

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:17pm
  20. they need to make an example of them! show the world what happens when you hate

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:17pm
  21. ahh kentucky, the state where butch women still think they can pull of being straight and beat on gay guys…smh…bitches need to rot in jail

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:25pm
  22. I wish a b*tch WOULDVE came at me fkd up there…. I just moved from louisville KY….. Wow!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:25pm
  23. When you look into there eyes what do you see? I see ignorance and misplaced anger. By all means throw them in jail but teach and reach them.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:30pm
  24. I would break both of their jaws

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:38pm
  25. i hope they get what’s coming to them!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:53pm
  26. Yikes…just as ugly as Kevin

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2:09pm
  27. hope they get the beating lol

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2:18pm
  28. Those women are scum.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2:24pm
  29. god will take care of them

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2:31pm
  30. Unbelievably sad.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 3:29pm
  31. This is why I’m studying Criminology, Law, and Justice. I want to lock these kind of people up one day.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 4:10pm
  32. I hope those 2 bitches die in prison!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 4:36pm
  33. fkn losers’~ hope you have a “memorable” time in LOCK DOWN” !!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 5:24pm
  34. wow, just sad

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 5:39pm
  35. :S :(

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 5:40pm
  36. She looks like the devil that she is inside out………Hope she finds a nice girlfriend to reciprocate of her actions to that man she beat up for no reasons.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 5:53pm
  37. Give them all life in prison with out parole.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 5:59pm
  38. I wish a bitch would!! The last time a girl tried to get crazy with me got dealt with!! And I can’t wait for these two do!!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 6:00pm
  39. i hope they get the death penalty thats what they deserve

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 7:32pm
  40. You know, these women are not helping the cause for gays or for women! What a stupid act!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:01pm
  41. I feel sorry for all involved. The person who was beaten, Kevin Pennington because he is longer with us, those did the beaten and those who egged them on. I am not condoning the action. I totally condem the action as Kevin should have been able to live out his life with whom ever he wanted to love. Sadly you have pay the piper for your actions. These young women at least admit that thy were wrong. Unlike the two murders who probally never meet anyone who was a Lesbain, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender. They need to question their actions and dp what is right.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:06pm
  42. I’ll bet being “straight” (whatever that means), doesn t’feel too good to her right now. Whatever she gets she deserves MORE.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:36pm
  43. my family is pushing for me to go to kentucky for a job offer…i’ve had my doubts and this only solidifies them. I really dont’ want to go there.

    Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 12:43am