Rainsville Man Indicted for Armed Kidnapping
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 01, 2009|
BIRMINGHAM—A federal grand jury today indicted a 61-year-old Rainsville man for kidnapping his estranged wife, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Maley.
Count One of the two-count indictment filed today in U.S. District Court charges JAMES BROWN with kidnapping his estranged wife in Jackson County on Oct. 23 and taking her across the Alabama line into Tennessee. Count Two charges Brown with possessing a handgun and a shotgun during the kidnapping.
The maximum sentence for kidnapping is life in prison and a $250,000 fine. The minimum sentence for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence is five years and a maximum fine of $250,000.
“The United States Attorney’s office stands ready to help local and state law enforcement agencies combat violent and firearms crime,” Vance said. She commended the work of FBI special agents and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, which led to Brown’s indictment.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David H. Estes is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.