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Rocky Mount man admits to kidnapping ex-wife, son

Posted October 13, 2011 1:47 p.m. EDT
Updated October 13, 2011 1:58 p.m. EDT

— A Rocky Mount man admitted in court this week that he kidnapped his ex-wife and then-2-year-old son from their home and took them to Kill Devil Hills more than a year ago.

Timothy Allen Sutton, 38, pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping and one count of first-degree burglary in Nash County Superior Court. He was sentenced to between 20 and 25 years in prison.

He had also faced charges of assault and violating a domestic protective order.

Rocky Mount police said that Sutton broke into his ex-wife's home through a window on May 22, 2010, assaulted her at gunpoint and then forced her and their son into a vehicle. He forced them to go to Kill Devil Hills, where his ex-wife managed to escape and call for help, police said. Kill Devil Hills police tracked down and arrested Sutton.

Sutton had already been imprisoned for 15 to 18 months after being convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon in Dare County in connection with the kidnapping, according to state Department of Correction records.

He also has 16 convictions dating to 1993, including attempted assault inflicting serious injury, breaking and entering, property damage and driving while impaired.