Perryville man sentenced to 35 years in prison for kidnapping, other charges

Monday, August 13, 2018

BENTON, Mo. -- A Perryville, Missouri, man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after being found guilty of felony kidnapping, burglary and weapons charges.

Clint E. Arrington, 49, was sentenced Thursday by Judge David Dolan following a jury trial June 14 in Scott County, according to a news release from the office of Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd.

The jury found Arrington guilty of felony kidnapping, felony first-degree burglary, felony felonious restraint, felony unlawful use of a weapon, felony armed criminal action and misdemeanor violation of an order of protection.

Dolan sentenced Arrington to 15 years on kidnapping concurrent with 15 years for burglary; 10 years on felonious restraint consecutive to the 15-year sentence; seven years on unlawful use of a weapon consecutive to the 15- and the 10-year sentences; three years on armed criminal action consecutive to the other sentences; and six months on the violation of the ex-parte concurrent with the total of 35 years in prison.

According the news release, the state said that in the early morning hours of April 7, 2016, Arrington entered the victim's home in Morley, Missouri, dressed in black and wearing a mask. He woke the victim out of bed, took her cellphone and forced her into a car he had driven to the home. Arrington had previously pleaded guilty to a violation of an order of protection a few days earlier that was in place to keep him away from the victim.

During the trial, the victim stated Arrington drove north toward Perryville so he could take her to dismiss the ex-parte order from Perry County. The victim said Arrington threatened her, her son and her ex-husband while pointing an open-bladed pocket knife, and also told her he loved her and wanted her back.

Arrington drove the victim north, then traveled south toward Sikeston, Missouri, and then into Tennessee. The victim testified Arrington drove her around for more than 20 hours until he was located by the Scott County Sheriff's Department in Medina, Tennessee, by "pinging" his cellphone.

Arrington resisted arrest by running from the Tennessee officers who found him and the victim. In Tennessee, Arrington was charged with aggravated kidnapping, evading arrest, driving while license revoked, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while intoxicated. Arrington was convicted of misdemeanor driving while revoked and misdemeanor evading arrest. Arrington was sentenced to time served of 11 months and 29 days.

Arrington took the stand and testified this road trip was nothing but a consensual drive with the victim. When asked whether he had texted the victim's ex-husband in a threatening way concerning the victim, he denied texting him. The ex-husband, however, testified about the threatening text messages and phone calls he received from Arrington on April 6 and 7, 2016.

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