Man gets 20 years for kidnapping

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 12, 2013

An Andalusia man was sentenced to 20 years after pleading to kidnapping Tuesday.

Cecil William Ainsworth, 42, entered the guilty plea before Circuit Judge M. Ashley McKathan for the March 4 incident.

According to the Covington County district attorney’s office, Ainsworth was arrested after a domestic dispute when he took an unidentified female relative from a residence in Covington County, and told her that he would kill her if she did not get in the vehicle and leave with him.

Reports indicate Ainsworth drove the female victim from store to store throughout Covington County in attempts to purchase bullets for his pistol. Throughout the course of the incident, Ainsworth told the victim that she was going to die that night and that if she tried to get away, he would find her and kill her, along with several of her family members.

The couple was located after concerned family members contacted the Covington County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Paul Adams convinced Ainsworth to come to the Sheriff’s Office.

Ainsworth stated to the officers when he arrived, “You can see that she’s fine. We’re leaving;” however, before he could drive off, the victim got out of the car. Ainsworth was then taken into custody.

Ainsworth was charged with kidnapping I, sodomy I, domestic violence by strangulation and domestic violence III.

According to Chief Assistant District Attorney Grace Jeter, “This (case) is a great example of what happens when agencies work together. ABC Agent Robbie Barton, Deputy Kyle Adams and Deputy Paul Adams did a great job working together as a team to bring a dangerous situation to a peaceful result.”

In addition to his prison sentence, Ainsworth is prohibited from having any contact with the victim, even after he is released from prison.