ASHLAND, Ky. (FOX 56) — A Boyd County man is facing legal repercussions after pleading guilty to a violent kidnapping incident.

According to the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, on May 1, 41-year-old Jonathan Lee Smithers of Cattlesburg assaulted a woman he was in a romantic relationship with. Brandishing a firearm, he forced the victim to accompany him to a store, assaulted her with the weapon, and confined her in a vehicle.

Smithers’ plea agreement further stated he drove the victim to the Flatwoods area of Greenup County and forced her to exit the vehicle and accompany him on foot on a random route through private property for several hours.

Authorities said the victim was eventually able to escape from Smithers, seeking refuge at a gas station. Once law enforcement located and approached Smithers, he shot a responding officer in the throat. The officer survived life-threatening injuries as a result of the gunshot.

Smithers could face life in prison, according to his plea agreement.

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