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October 17, 2013

99-year sentence upheld for kidnapper

In a decision handed down late last week, an appeals court upheld the kidnapping and burglary convictions and sentences of 99 years and 50 years in prison assessed by a Parker County jury in the February 2012 trial of a 44-year-old Oklahoma man who represented himself at trial.

Chuck Allen Little was convicted of the March 2011 kidnapping of a Weatherford woman and  burglary of her home, according to Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain. During the trial, the victim testified that Little, her ex-boyfriend, broke into her residence, waited for her to return home, came up behind her and threatened to kill her while holding a knife. She was able to escape briefly and scream for help, which a neighbor testified that she heard and then saw Little dragging her back into the residence.

When Parker County Sheriff's deputies arrived on scene in response to a neighbor's 911 call, Little fled out through a back window to the home. After a multi-agency manhunt, Little was eventually apprehended later that day.

During the trial, Assistant District Attorneys Nikki Morton and Robert DuBoise, who tried the case for the prosecution, played an interview investigators had with Little in which he admitted to having a "little ol' domestic" with the victim during which he admitted displaying the knife. He also told the investigator that he pulled the victim back into the home to try to calm her down.

During the punishment phase of the trial, prosecutors introduced evidence that Little had six prior felony convictions. Evidence showed that one of those was an offense in which he broke into his former mother-in-law's home and bound her arms and legs with telephone cords in an effort to draw his then wife and child out of a women's shelter, for which Little was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

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