Cass Lake man sentenced to over three years for kidnapping

A Cass Lake man was sentenced Tuesday to over three years in prison for kidnapping, with credit for 243 days served in jail.

Anthony James Wittner, 33, pleaded guilty on Jan. 24, after pleading not guilty on Jan. 13, according to court documents.

According to the criminal complaint, Wittner assisted another, 19-year-old Edward Jenkins-Whitefeather, in holding two victims hostage.

The victims said they were interrogated by Jenkins-Whitefeather and Wittner on crimes such as child and elder abuse, and given “water torture” as a punishment, and they were threatened with weapons including a sword and a handgun.

Edward Jenkins-Whitefeather, 19. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

One of the victims was treated at the Fargo hospital for their serious injuries.

Jenkins-Whitefeather is currently incarcerated at the St. Cloud Prison, after a conviction in Nov. 2019.

Wittner is also incarcerated at the St. Cloud men’s prison, and is anticipted to be released in 2024.

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