(KMOV) -- A man convicted of grabbing a 14-year-old boy off of a Ferguson sidewalk and raping him in 2011 was sentenced to life in prison on Monday.
Corey McClendon was sentenced to two concurrent life sentences for forcible sodomy charges and a consecutive 10-year sentence for kidnapping.
McClendon was convicted of dragging the boy into a stairwell after kidnapping him on December 28, 2011 in the 100 block of S. Florissant Road. He then held the boy against his well and sodomized him, all within a block from the Ferguson Police Department.
Police said they did not know who their suspect was until a DNA match months after the crime. At the time, McClendon had been arrested for burglary in Iowa, convicted and sent to a half-way house. But in November 2012, he walked away before local authorities had a chance to bring him back for trial.
McClendon turned up next in Palm Beach County, Florida, where he was arrested on New Years Eve for theft. He was charged with grand theft and remained locked in the Palm Beach Jail before being brought back to St. Louis County on the sexual assault charges.
McClendon also pleaded guilty in St. Louis in 1994 to charges of assault, attempted armed robbery and false imprisonment.