ANDERSON — A man convicted of kidnapping an elderly woman at knifepoint was sentenced on Monday.
Jimmy Nave Jr., 33, of Anderson, was given a 38-year sentence by Madison Circuit Court 4 Judge David Happe, with 35 years executed in prison.
Nave, who was accused of jumping into the backseat of the 81-year-old woman’s car, holding a knife to her neck and telling her to drive on Feb. 16 in a Mounds Mall parking lot, was found guilty by Happe after a one-day bench trial on June 18.
Several police officers who investigated the case testified, but key information came from the victim, Nave’s mechanic and a witness who watched the incident unfold.
Nave also testified, telling the court he jumped into the car because he saw someone back into his vehicle in the parking lot and was trying to track down the person responsible. He admitted to getting into the woman’s car and yelling at her, but said he only did it out of frustration. Happe said the story was implausible, and found Nave guilty.
Nave was also convicted of attempted carjacking, but the charge was negated Monday when it was determined the two charges violated double jeopardy.
Family and friends of Nave filled the courtroom and audibly gasped after the sentence was read. A few testified on Nave’s behalf, pleading for leniency and describing Nave as a spiritual man and a good father who had a lot of good to offer the community.
”He’s not perfect, but he’s a good person,” said Nave’s mother, Patricia.
Deputy prosecutor Bob Summerfield, who tried the case against Nave in June, called attention to Nave’s criminal history, describing what he called an “eerily similar” incident in Nave’s past.
In 2000, Nave and his brother robbed a bank at gunpoint and tried to abscond to Tennessee. They were eventually convicted and Nave spent time in a federal prison for the crime. He was still on federal probation when he attacked the woman in February.
Summerfield also said there were aggravating factors on almost every facet of Nave’s crime, including the age of the victim. The woman, who testified in trial that she wished the incident never happened, refused to attend sentencing.
Happe agreed the aggr-avators outweighed the mitigators, and determined the most important factor was the previous armed robbery conviction. The judge encouraged Nave to stop denying and take responsibility for his actions.
”I’m concerned that you’ve almost convinced yourself that this crime didn’t happen at all,” Happe said. “I hope that’s not the case, because if you own it, take responsibility for it and learn from it, you can make yourself a better person.”
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