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.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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