Glendale Heights man gets 28 years in kidnapping

Daily Herald report
Updated 8/21/2012 5:19 PM
  • Jordan Ratley

    Jordan Ratley

A Glendale Heights man was sentenced Tuesday to 28 years in prison for kidnapping and severely beating his former girlfriend.

Jordan Ratley, 26, was found guilty in June of aggravated domestic battery, home invasion and aggravated kidnapping.

Prosecutors said Ratley forced his way into a Glendale Heights apartment about 1:30 a.m. July 14, 2011, and abducted the victim. Several witnesses watched as he kicked and punched her until she was unconscious, then threw her over his shoulder and took her outside.

From there, prosecutors said, Ratley dragged her by the hair to his vehicle, where the beating continued. He was arrested later that day after police stopped him near I-355 and Army Trail Road in Addison.

"Three to four million women in the United States are beaten by their male partners each year," DuPage State's Attorney Robert Berlin said. "Today Mr. Ratley learned that his brutal actions will cost him the next 28 years of his life."

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State's Attorneys Ann Celine O'Hallaren and Anne Therieau.

Ratley will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

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