KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A federal jury has convicted a couple on kidnapping charges after they tied up an elderly Jefferson County couple in June 2018 and stole their jewelry. 

Josh Small, 50, and Joni Amber Johnson, 35, face a sentence of up to life in prison. They were convicted on July 10 after a three-day trial. 

"Evidence at trial revealed that on June 30, 2018, Small and Johnson used a gun to force their way into the home of a 73-year-old Tennessee woman and tied her up," the release from the U.S. Dept. of Justice said. "Small and Johnson then stole jewelry, firearms, cash, a knife, and other items from the victim before taking her phone and leaving her with her hands and feet bound."

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Both were arrested in West Virginia after Small was caught with several items stolen from the elderly woman.

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Johnson's sentencing is set for Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. and Small's sentencing is set for Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. in U.S. District Court in Knoxville. 

The investigation that led to these convictions was the product of a partnership between the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office; Knox County Sheriff’s Office; Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office; Mercer County, West Virginia, Sheriff’s Office; Virginia State Police; Giles County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office; Montgomery County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office; Bland County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF); and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).