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Former Clover Hill High student sentenced to 12 years in Uber driver abduction

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Posted at 4:55 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 16:55:20-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – A Clover Hill high school graduate and former ODU student has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison after being convicted in the carjacking and abduction of an Uber driver in Chesterfield.

After agreeing to a plea deal, Kefha S. Nyaanga, 22, plead guilty to abduction, carjacking, felony use of a firearm and two counts of credit card theft. Under the agreement, a second count of abduction and two charges of credit card fraud were dropped.

Kefha S. Nyaanga

Kefha S. Nyaanga

A Chesterfield judge sentenced Nyaanga to 53 years in prison with 40 years and two months suspended, for a total of 12 years and 10 months in prison.

During the October 25, 2015 incident, investigators say Nyaanga called an Uber driver to pick him up from the Walmart located at 900 Walmart Way in Midlothian.

During the trip, detectives said Nyaanga pulled out a gun when they stopped at the Union bank and then forced the driver into the trunk. That’s when the suspect drove the Uber car to multiple places in Chesterfield using he victim’s debit card before police said he drove the victim to Rockwood Park and fled the scene.

This was the area’s first case of an Uber driver being robbed and abducted by a patron.

After Nyaanga’s arrest, friends and family members said they were shocked about the news.

“I’m just in shock,” said Marquel Person, who is a close friend of Nyaanga. “Sometimes he’ll call me [and] say, ‘Hey, let’s go hang out.'”

Person said the two attended Old Dominion University together and described Nyaangaas a low key guy who didn’t bother anyone.

“It’s very out of character of him. I wouldn’t expect him to do something like that,” Person said.