Alan Elton Light, the man arrested in April and subsequently indicted for the attempted aggravated kidnapping of a woman in the parking lot at Brookshire’s, pleaded guilty last week and received a sentence of 25 years in the Texas Department of Corrections.
Light, 55, also pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, for which he received a 10-year sentence. The two sentences will be served concurrently. Light will receive credit for the 191 days he has served in the county jail.
Aggravated kidnapping, a second-degree felony, is a so-called “3g” offense under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedures, which requires the perpetrator to serve at least half of the sentence, or a maximum of 30 years. In Light’s case, he will not be be eligible for parole until he serves half the time of his sentence, or 12 years and six months.
Light, dressed in striped gray prison clothes, appeared before the court in last week’s pre-trial hearing at the Somervell County Courthouse Annex. He answered “yes” when the judge asked if he understood the terms of the plea bargain and had entered into it willingly.
The week before his home was scheduled to be sold on the courthouse steps after foreclosure, Light attempted to kidnap a 52-year-old woman as she was starting to leave the Brookshire’s parking lot in her car.
Eyewitnesses and the victim, who requested anonymity to protect her privacy, said the man opened her car door, pulled her out, waved a gun at her and ordered the woman to come with him in his pickup truck.
Sheriff’s officers arrested Light at his home on South Highway 56 on the way to Eulogy.
They said they had him under surveillance at his residence and observed Light trying to conceal his vehicle and other evidence.
Officers recovered two weapons during the execution of the search warrant, one of which matched the description of the gun described by the victim, they said.