Latty pleads guilty to robbery, assault in kidnapping case

Published 12:25 pm Monday, September 9, 2019

Timothy Latty has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery and assault charges Monday.

Latty was scheduled to begin trial at the Pike County Courthouse Monday, but the prosecution and defense were able to reach an agreement instead.

In February 2018, Latty awoke the victim at the victim’s residence in Geneva County, where Latty was staying as a guest, and asked the victim to drive him to Enterprise so that Latty could get a ride to Birmingham. However, once they reached Enterprise, Latty pleaded with the victim to take him all the way to Birmingham. The victim refused, agreeing to take Latty as far as Troy.

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The victim pulled over on U.S. Highway 231 near Lockheed Martin and ask Latty to get out, but Latty instead came around to the driver side of the vehicle and began punching the victim in the face. When the victim tried to defend himself with a walking cane, Latty took the cane and hit him in the face.

Latty then pulled a knife out and threatened to kill the victim if he did not move into the passenger seat. Latty drove the car and the victim all the way to Irondale before getting out, telling the victim he “should have killed him” and that he would kill him if he involved police. The victim immediately drove to a nearby convenience store, where somebody called the police for him. The victim suffered a lacerated chin and both eyes were swollen shut.

In exchange for Latty’s guilty plea, the prosecution dropped the charge against Latty for second-degree kidnapping and allowed the robbery and assault charges to run concurrently.

Latty was sentenced to 25 years on each charge, to run concurrently. However, the sentence will not run concurrent to Latty’s probation revocation.