Chattanooga carjackers get more than 30 years in sentencing

photo Christopher Turner and Jeffrey McClendon Jr

Two men who pleaded guilty to kidnapping random victims downtown and forcing them into the trunks of their own cars were sentenced Friday morning to more than 30 years each.

Chief U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier sentenced Christopher Turner and Jeffrey McClendon Jr., both 21, to different times for the crime.

Neither man made a statement during the hearing, but Collier had a few things to say.

"You're facing a sentence that's going to have a tremendous impact on your life," he told the men. "But you're where you are today because of your own choices."

Collier further explained the "horror" the men put the two victims through in the separate crimes and how they changed the victims' lives forever.

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