ASHVILLE -- An Ashville man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to charges of rape, kidnapping, sodomy and burglary, all in the first-degree, according to a press release.
St. Clair County District Attorney Richard J. Minor said Jamie Curtis Whitt, 55, of Ashville, pleaded guilty to the four class A felonies Monday.
“... At his sentencing, the defendant was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on each count in the indictment by Circuit Judge Bill Weathington,” Minor said.
St. Clair County Assistant District Attorney Lyle Harmon, who prosecuted the case, told the judge at the sentencing hearing the evidence would show that “on March 26, 2016, Whitt approached the victim while she was sitting on her back deck in the Northern Division of St Clair County.”
He said Whitt made small talk with the victim before overpowering her and forcing her into her residence, where she was bound with ties and physically and sexually assaulted by the defendant.
“After the attack, Whitt forced the victim to drive him to a bank and withdraw money from an ATM using her debit card,” Harmon said. “Whitt then made the victim drop him off at a residence.”
Harmon said the evidence would show that later on that same day, Whitt crossed into Etowah County, where he robbed a gas station clerk at gunpoint.
“He was arrested shortly after fleeing the store and was convicted in that case in Etowah County Circuit Court,” he said.
Harmon credited Monday’s convictions to the case work completed by St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Wayne Layton and Joey Brown.
“We hope this verdict sends a message that the St. Clair County District Attorney’s Office is committed to standing with victims of crime and seeking maximum sentences for those who commit the most violent of offenses,” Harmon said.