Ex-NYC bouncer convicted in kidnapping

October 23, 2008 5:59:02 PM PDT
Former Manhattan nightclub bouncer Darryl Littlejohn has been convicted of kidnapping a college student. Thursday's conviction leaves the 44-year-old facing a maximum of 25 years to life in prison. He also faces a murder trial in the headline-making 2006 killing of Imette St. Guillen.

In the kidnapping case, authorities said Littlejohn posed as a police officer and handcuffed York College student Shanai Woodward as she walked home from classes in Queens in October 2005.

They say he forced her into his van's back seat, and she jumped out of the moving van to escape.

Defense lawyer Jason Russo says Littlejohn maintains his innocence and plans to appeal. Russo says Littlejohn got an unfair trial because of news reports about St. Guillen's killing.

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