Man Who Drove Around for Four Days With Man in Trunk Gets 40 Years in Prison

A Metro East man whose six-day crime spree included driving a man around in a car trunk for four days has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.

Twenty-five-year-old Barry Williams of Washington Park was sentenced in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.

Williams and Larry Gooden pleaded guilty in July and admitted abducting a man at gunpoint from a Cahokia coin laundry in October of last year.

They held him in the car trunk for four days while forcing him to get cash from ATMs.

After he escaped, they robbed two truck drivers outside a St. Louis restaurant, then kidnapped a woman from a White Castle.

Gooden's sentencing is on hold while he challenges the plea and changes lawyers.