Man given life for shooting, stabbing Collier teen

Lee Herald Favicon 16Keyion Cordavion Linton, 22, has been sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping a Naples teen, dragging him to a wooded area, and then shooting and stabbing the victim who managed to survive the ordeal.

According to the State Attorney’s Office, in July of 2016, Linton’s 17-year old victim responded to texts from his girlfriend to meet her ex. The victim met Linton outside where the perpetrator pulled a gun and forced the victim to walk to a nearby drug store on Golden Gate Parkway. The victim was loaded into a car, transported to an apartment complex on Airport Road, and the forced to walk to a park. Linton repeatedly read through the texts between the victim and his girlfriend during the ordeal.

After the victim refused to walk into a wooded area, Linton shot the teen in the shoulder and back, dragging him into the woods and telling him that he was going to die. The perpetrator then left to retrieve a knife and returned to the scene, stabbing his victim in the throat.

Linton was eventually convinced by a friend to bring the teen to a hospital but threatened to kill the victim if he told the police what had happened. Initially, the victim complied, agreeing to a story made up by Linton, but eventually the truth became known and the perpetrator was arrested in Suwannee County.

After a two day trial in Collier County, Linton received a life sentence for kidnapping as well as 25 years for aggravated battery with a firearm causing great harm and five years for tampering with a witness or victim.

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