Clovis man convicted on kidnapping charges

CNJ Staff

A 36-year-old Clovis man accused of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a woman on a two-day crime spree was convicted by jury trial Wednesday, according to District Attorney Matthew Chandler.

Chandler said Anthony Morgan was found guilty on one count of first-degree kidnapping, one count of criminal sexual penetration, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated battery, and six counts of battery against a household member.

Morgan was accused of kidnapping the woman in October 2006 following an argument that Chandler said turned violent.

Chandler said Morgan forced the victim to drive him around Clovis for several hours while beating her and threatening her with a gun.

Chandler said after repeatedly assaulting the woman Morgan took the wheel, drove her to a secluded spot in Curry County and raped her.

The victim testified she tried numerous times to escape but was unable, according to Chandler.

Chandler said Morgan kept the woman captive for two days and assaulted her again before finally releasing her.

Morgan faces a maximum 59 years in prison at a sentencing hearing. The hearing is expected to take place next week but a specific date is still pending.