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Man sentenced in kidnapping of Indianapolis teacher

Christian Lovies and three others were involved in a violent crime spree that started in Wisconsin and stretched to Ohio.
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INDIANAPOLIS — The United States Attorney Josh Minkler announced Christian Lovies, 21, was sentenced to more than 32 years in federal prison for kidnapping, carjacking, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a violent crime.

Lovies and three others were involved in a violent crime spree, including the theft of a car with a toddler inside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That child was later found OK, but Lovies and the others stole another car, which broke down as they were traveling through Indianapolis.

That's when Lovies and an accomplice came across an Indianapolis teacher getting gas on the northwest side of Indianapolis on May 2, 2017. They kidnapped her and drove her car to Cincinnati while discussing whether or not to kill her. They ultimately let her go.

Lovies and the others are then accused of kidnapping two other women in the Cincinnati area. 

“I hope the sentence Lovies received will bring some peace and comfort to the brave victim in this case,” said United States Attorney Josh Minkler. “The fear that Lovies and his violent crime partners imposed on this innocent victim and others is unimaginable. No doubt, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati are much safer with Lovies and his co-defendants off the street.”

Two of Lovies' co-defendants have been sentenced to federal prison. Jaleel Schultz received 18 years and pleaded guilty to state charges in Milwaukee related to the car theft with the child inside. Armone Hudson received 10 years for his part in the crimes. The fourth individual involved was a juvenile.

Lovies will also serve five years of supervised release following his 32-year prison sentence.