A man accused of participating in the abduction of a Dodge City woman was convicted Tuesday of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of methamphetamine.

    Curtis Clay entered an Alford plea to the charges, which means that he took advantage of a plea offer without actually admitting guilt. Other charges — two counts of kidnapping, aggravated burglary, robbery, criminal possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia — were dismissed under a plea agreement with the Ford County Attorney's Office.


 A man accused of participating in the abduction of a Dodge City woman was convicted Tuesday of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of methamphetamine.
    Curtis Clay entered an Alford plea to the charges, which means that he took advantage of a plea offer without actually admitting guilt. Other charges — two counts of kidnapping, aggravated burglary, robbery, criminal possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia — were dismissed under a plea agreement with the Ford County Attorney's Office.
    As part of the plea deal, Clay agreed that he would not appeal his conviction and would serve five years in prison altogether, assistant Ford County Attorney Natalie Randall said Thursday.
    She declined to comment further on the case, and defense attorney Linda Eckelman was not immediately available for comment.
    Clay was accused of helping his co-defendant, Irvin Linsy, abduct then-Dodge City resident Chelly Bass and her son on Oct. 7, 2008. The two men allegedly took Bass and her son from their home on Sixth Avenue, then took $200 from her to satisfy her roommate's debt.
    Linsy pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault on April 23 as part of a plea agreement, which would have required him to testify against Clay if Clay's case had gone to trial.
    Randall said that Linsy provided information that helped authorities with their investigation in the kidnapping case, but the requirement that he testify against Clay is now moot.
    Randall said that Linsy could serve up to six months in jail in the assault case, but the penalty will depend on his sentence in a couple of unrelated cases. His sentencing hearing has not been scheduled yet.
   
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