Homeless man sentenced to life in prison for aggravated kidnapping

By WEEK Producer

Homeless man sentenced to life in prison for aggravated kidnapping

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. – A homeless, convicted sex offender will spend the rest of his life behind bars after trying to kidnap a 12-year-old boy at knife-point last May.

Teddy Meyer, 53, pleaded guilty but mentally ill Wednesday to aggravated kidnapping with a weapon and was sentenced to Natural Life in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Meyer was already a state-registered sex offender with a long criminal record before he tried to kidnap the boy behind the East Peoria post office in May 2013. Several post office employees came to the boy’s rescue. He was not hurt.