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The Law on Kidnapping/Abduction in
Kentucky and its Punishments

Kidnapping refers to the act of holding a person without legal sanction and without his consent. Kidnapping is considered a serious crime in all the states of the USA and kidnappers are given severe punishments.

Kentucky Abduction Law

In the state of Kentucky, kidnapping is defined in Section 509.040 of Chapter 509 of Kentucky Statutes. A person will be guilty of first-degree kidnapping when he unlawfully restrains another person with any of the following objectives:

  • To hold the victim for ransom or to demand a reward
  • To promote or advance the commission of a felony
  • To inflict bodily injury or any other kind of physical harm
  • To interfere in the execution of a government or political function
  • To use the victim as a shield or as a hostage while committing another major crime
  • To deny custody to the parents or guardian of a minor. This will be applicable only in cases where the person who restrains the minor does not have custodial control.

Punishment for Abduction in Kentucky

The crime of kidnapping is punishable as a Class B felony in case the kidnapper releases the victim in a safe location before the commencement of the trial. According to in Section 532.060, a Class B felony is punishable with imprisonment ranging between 10 to 20 years.

Kentucky Abduction Law

The crime of kidnapping is punishable as a Class A felony in case the kidnapper releases the victim alive but the victim suffers serious bodily injuries or is not released in a safe location before the commencement of the trial. According to in Section 532.060, a Class A felony is punishable with imprisonment ranging between 20 to 50 years.

The crime of kidnapping is punishable as a capital offense if the victim dies when he is constrained by the kidnapper, dies subsequently due to the injuries sustained when he was kidnapped, and when the victim is knowingly released in an unsafe location leading to his death. A person found guilty of a capital offense in Kentucky is punishable by:

Ø Death

Ø Life imprisonment without a chance for parole

Ø Imprisonment for a period ranging between 25 years to life with a chance for parole

Ø Imprisonment for a period ranging between 20 to 50 years.

Unlawful Imprisonment in Kentucky

The crime of unlawful imprisonment is divided into first-degree imprisonment and second-degree imprisonment in Kentucky.

Kentucky Kidnap Law

Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree

A person will be guilty of unlawful imprisonment in the first degree when he knowingly and without any legal sanction imprisons the victim that can expose him to serious physical injury.

Punishment for Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree

Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree is treated as a Class D felony in the state of Kentucky. Class D felony is punishable with imprisonment ranging between one to five years.

Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree

A person will be guilty of committing the crime of unlawful imprisonment in the second degree when he knowingly and without any legal sanction restrains another person.

Punishment for Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree

Second-Degree unlawful imprisonment is treated as a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable with a prison sentence ranging between 90 days to 12 months and a fine up to $250.

Fines and Prior Felony Convictions

According to Section 532.060, a person who is found guilty of any kind of kidnapping can be fined for an amount ranging between $1,000 and $10,000. According to Section 532.060, a person who is found guilty of a felony (for kidnapping) and who has prior felony convictions will receive longer prison sentences basing on the discretion of the judge or the juries.


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