610SPOR2 35h_CBSSportsRad_Houston


Man Threatens To Assault Kidnapped Mom With Jesus Picture, Virgin Mary Statue

View Comments
File photo of a Virgin Mary statue. (Photo by Christoph Reichwein/Getty Images)

File photo of a Virgin Mary statue. (Photo by Christoph Reichwein/Getty Images)

Featured Items

77820352_8Hot Cheerleader - Funny Faces 2014

Small-Wtt6-10s Go Tailgating

136535896All Updated Adrian Peterson Information

From Our CBS Music Sites

77820352_8Are You Still Single?...Maybe It's You!

77820352_8JJ Watt Becomes 'Simpsonized'

77820352_810 Worst Ways To Breakup With A Woman

77820352_8PHOTOS: Maxim's List Of The 50 Hottest Celebs

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (CBS Houston) -- A Louisiana man has been convicted of kidnapping his own mother, then threatening to assault her with both a Virgin Mary statue and a picture of Jesus Christ.

CBS affiliate WAFB-TV reports that 49-year-old Kenneth Roberts, Jr. is now awaiting sentencing for a crime spree that took place last August.

His mother told authorities that she woke up in the middle of the night to find her son standing over her. He threatened to beat her with the religious items if she refused to drive him to a nearby ATM.

He reportedly needed the money, amounting to $80, to reconcile a debt he owed to a drug dealer. Police later arrested him while he was hiding in a closet.

His mother later tried to recant, but the prosecution provided evidence of witness tampering during the trial in the form of recorded phone conversations between Roberts and his mother.

On the tapes, Roberts urged his mother to help him avoid prison, to ignore subpoenas, and allegedly even coached her on what to say under oath.

Roberts was found guilty on an enhanced kidnapping charge, due to the age of his mother at the time of the crime.

Roberts could face up to eight years in prison.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 25,023 other followers