United States Attorney Sean P. Costello of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Jakendis Jacoby Westry, 19, of Mobile, was sentenced today for his participation in an armed carjacking which occurred in Mobile during December of 2019. In January of 2021, Westry pled guilty to the charge of discharging a firearm during and in furtherance of the carjacking, a crime of violence under federal law.
According to documents filed in connection with his guilty plea, Westry participated with other men in an armed robbery and carjacking of an individual who was trying to buy a gun from Westry through Facebook. The victim fled, and three or four shots were fired by the perpetrators. The day after the carjacking, Westry was apprehended with his co-defendant Dorian Lakeith Webb, Jr., in the stolen vehicle. Officers also found two pistols in the car, one of which had been reported stolen, and the victim’s wallet was found in the console of the stolen vehicle. Officers also found numerous rounds of loose ammunition for 9mm and .40 caliber pistols in the car.
United States District Court Judge Jeffery U. Beaverstock imposed a ten-year mandatory sentence in Westry’s case this morning, and ordered that Westy serve a five-year term of supervised release when he is released from custody. Westry was also ordered to pay $200 in restitution and a mandatory special assessment of $100. No fine was imposed. The judge further entered a forfeiture order as to the firearm used in the commission of the crime.
The case was investigated by the Mobile Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell.