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Sonora man pleads guilty to unlawful imprisonment

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Landmark News Service

 A Sonora man accused of kidnapping a woman and her 3-year-old son pleaded guilty and was formally sentenced Tuesday to amended charges in Hardin Circuit Court.

Allen W. Riggs, 25, pleaded guilty in three cases to two counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, theft by unlawful taking – automobile, second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and complicity to promote contraband.

Riggs was sentenced to 10 years to run concurrently. He will serve five years. Five years of the sentence is probated.

Riggs was indicted on two counts of kidnapping, second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief. Kidnapping was amended to unlawful imprisonment in a plea agreement and the other charges were dismissed.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris McCrary told Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton the commonwealth did not have sufficient evidence to support the burglary and criminal mischief charges.

Most of the charges stem from two incidents that occurred between June 25 and 27 of 2013. Complicity to promote contraband was added while Riggs was lodged at Hardin County Detention Center.

According to Kentucky State Police Post 4, the post received a call June 27 from a woman reporting she and her 3-year-old son were “unlawfully restrained,” according to an arrest warrant.

The woman said Riggs waited for them to leave her home and then forced the mother and child into her vehicle, according to KSP.

During court, McCrary said the woman and child weren’t forced into the car and so the charge was amended from kidnapping to unlawful imprisonment, because Riggs did not allow her to exit the car.

“Once inside the vehicle, Riggs struck (the woman) across the face with an open hand, punched her legs with a closed fist and made numerous threats that he was going to cut her throat and kill her,” according to the warrant.

Post 4 spokesman Jeff Gregory described the woman as Riggs’ former girlfriend. Police said she escaped with her child by jumping from the vehicle as Riggs slowed down to make a right turn.

The man fled in the woman’s vehicle, which later was found with damage to the tail lights and clutch, police said.

Riggs’ assault charges stem from an encounter two days prior to the reported kidnapping in which he was a suspect in a burglary.

According to a warrant, police responded at 11 p.m. June 25 to a residence on Silver Mine Road in Sonora where the homeowner’s son told a Trooper he stopped at the house and found Riggs inside. Riggs did not have permission to be there, police said.

The homeowner was away on a hunting trip and locked the door upon leaving, according to KSP.

After discovering the break-in and damage to the property, a fight ensued and the son told officers he was pushed through a downstairs window, injuring his lower right arm, according to a warrant.

Riggs left the house before Troopers arrived, police said. Troopers found damage to an exterior window near the garage as well as to personal property throughout multiple floors of the residence, according to KSP.

According to police, the man also reported Riggs approached him earlier that day elsewhere in Sonora and stabbed him three times in the back with a knife. A witness corroborated that information, according to a warrant.