A man found guilty this week on charges he kidnapped a Davenport woman and then set fire to her boyfriend's house faces life plus 40 years in prison.
The sentencing of Jeremy D. Garvin, 22, of Marion, Iowa, is set for Sept. 12.
Following a four-day trial in Scott County District Court, Davenport, and two and a half hours of jury deliberation, Garvin was found guilty Thursday of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree arson, willful injury and conspiracy to commit a felony.
The first-degree kidnapping conviction equals an automatic life in prison sentence.
Garvin conspired with several other men to stage the kidnapping of 28-year-old Brittany Hamilton during the early morning hours of Oct. 8 and rob her of $11,000.
Garvin agreed to do it for $1,000, Scott County Attorney Mike Walton said Friday.
"It was to get her money," Walton said.
Hamilton had $11,000 in cash in a safe in her house at 6037 Hillandale Road. Authorities say one of Garvin's co-conspirators, Brian A. Williams, was Hamilton's ex-boyfriend who lived with her and knew the safe's combination.
Hamilton was jumped by men in ski masks just outside her house, bound with duct tape and taken to a nearby field, where she was shot in the knee, according to testimony.
Walton said what happened next that morning was done out of "revenge."
Within an hour of leaving Hamilton wounded in the field, the men drove to 126 W. 14th St., Davenport, where Hamilton’s new boyfriend lived, and they set the house on fire.
"The evidence showed Jeremy actually poured gas on the wood of the house," Walton said. "It was discussed among the men that people may be present in the home, including a 5-month-old kid. That was pretty traumatic."
All five occupants were able to escape the residence without injuries, according to one of the occupants, Colin McNabb, whom the Quad-City Times interviewed last October.
McNabb said he helped his girlfriend, who was 39 weeks pregnant, out of the burning home.
Police have said Williams was upset Hamilton had ended the relationship with him after five years and planned the conspiracy.
As of Friday, Williams hasn't been caught.