Melrose Park, IL man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison For Federal Kidnapping and transporting his victim from Wisconsin to Illinois
Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on February 21, 2020, Wayne Grills (age 57), Melrose Park, IL was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. The Court further imposed a restitution order for $8,515.80 and a special assessment of $100.00.
The sentence imposed by United States District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller, was the result of a guilty plea entered by the defendant on November 16, 2019. Grills pled guilty to unlawfully and willfully seizing, kidnapping, abducting, and carrying away the victim from Wisconsin to Illinois, and holding her for purposes of retaliation, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1201(a)(1).
In sentencing the defendant, Judge Stadtmueller stated “Mr. Grills learned very little when it comes to respect of the law, to respecting family and to respecting the community.” He also said, “There is no excuse at all for what the defendant did.” He commented that he had a very lengthy record compromised of 16 criminal convictions that counted under the guidelines and many that did not and also had 32 arrests.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, and the Greenfield Police Department. It was prosecuted by United States Assistant United States Attorneys Megan J. Paulson and Benjamin A. Wesson.