United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of Dontay Lavarice Reese, 38, to 324 months in prison for a violent kidnapping. Reese, who pleaded guilty on February 13, 2019, was sentenced today in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During the sentencing hearing Judge Schiltz commented that the defendant is extremely dangerous and the public needs to be protected from him. Judge Schiltz further remarked that Reese is an extraordinarily cruel and selfish person, with one of worst records [the Judge] had ever seen among federal detainees at the Sherburne County Jail.
A second indictment against Reese was unsealed on June 26, 2019, charging him with assaulting a federal law enforcement officer while in custody on the kidnapping charge at the Sherburne County Jail.
“The strength and resilience of this victim has helped ensure the defendant is held accountable for his heinous crimes, and that our community is safe from a violent offender with a long criminal record,” said United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald. “We are grateful for her courage. We are also thankful to the family who witnessed the defendant’s brutality and called the police. ”
“Mr. Reese will be spending a significant amount of time in prison thanks in large measure to the remarkable courage of the victim in this case,” said Jill Sanborn, Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis Division of the FBI. “Today, we thank our law enforcement partners for their excellent work and focus our support on the victim for showing immeasurable strength throughout this most difficult time.”
According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, in the early morning hours of August 6, 2017, Reese met the victim, T.M., in downtown Minneapolis. Reese offered T.M. a ride home; however, instead of driving her home, he drove her around the Twin Cities metro area against her will, and eventually drove her out of Minnesota and into Wisconsin. The defendant told the victim that he was going to take her “several states away” and use her to make money as a prostitute. The victim attempted to escape multiple times – each time she was captured and violently restrained and assaulted by Reese. A family witnessed one of the escape attempts in Foster, Wisconsin and called 911.
After the 911 call, the Wisconsin State Patrol began looking for the victim and the defendant. The victim was eventually able to free herself from the defendant, and found the Wisconsin State Patrol as she ran out of a wooded area off of Interstate 94 in Jackson County, Wisconsin. The victim’s wrists were bound and she was screaming for help. Reese came out of the same wooded area shortly after, fully naked and attempted to cross the interstate on foot. He was taken into custody.
These cases are the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, Wisconsin State Patrol, Jackson County (Wisconsin) Sheriff’s Department, Eau Claire County (Wisconsin) Sheriff’s Department, the Minneapolis Police Department, and the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office.