RP kidnapper gets 8-year prison sentence
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By Dave Williams  April 5, 2013 12:00 am

The former Rohnert Park man convicted of kidnapping a 12-year-old girl was sentenced to eight years in prison on March 28.

The kidnapping occurred on Aug. 9, 2012, when the girl was walking around her apartment complex selling pinecones to earn some extra pocket money. After knocking on the door of Timothy Allbritton, he opened it, and she asked him if he’d like to buy some pinecones. Allbritton then grabbed the box of pinecones from the girl, put it on the ground beside her and then pulled her into his arms and took her into his apartment.

The girl screamed from the moment he put his hands on her, and she tried to prevent him from taking her into his apartment by wedging her foot into the doorframe. Allbritton, who is 6 feet tall and 287 pounds, was too strong. Still, the girl managed to escape Allbritton’s grasp moments later without any physical injury and ran straight home.

“The jury quickly convicted this sexual predator and the court properly sentenced him to a significant term,” Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said. “Sadly, this case should serve as a warning to all parents who have children selling items door to door to provide adequate supervision.”

Allbritton claimed he thought the little girl was about to faint and brought her into his apartment to make her feel better. But upon further questioning by Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety Officer Casey Thompson, it became clear he had different motives. When asked why he thought the girl was going to faint, Allbritton responded, “I have that effect.”  Allbritton went on to state he thought the child liked him and that he found her to be a “10.”

Allbritton faced up to 11 years in prison, and was sentenced by the Gary A. Medvigy.  The court found the factors in mitigation and aggravation in balance, thus yielding the eight-year prison sentence, despite the prosecutor’s fervent calls for the maximum term.  Judge Medvigy stated the defendant remained a threat to the community, but in light of the short distance and duration of the kidnapping, it did not appear to be an “aggravated case.”

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