A Cartersville man will spend about two decades in prison after a Cobb County jury convicted him of kidnapping a woman in Marietta.
Antoine Latroy Williams, 40, was convicted Wednesday evening of kidnapping, sexual battery and three counts of simple battery. Cobb Superior Court Judge Stephen Schuster sentenced Williams to a total of 20 years, 18 of which he will have to serve in prison and the rest on probation.
According to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office, Williams met the victim in February 2018 and offered her a job. The following day, he went to the woman’s place of employment on Roswell Road in Marietta five times and waited for her in the parking lot.
The woman, who is in her 20s, spoke to him briefly before getting into her car and leaving work. Prosecutors said Williams tailed the woman in his vehicle. When she pulled over, he forced her into his car.
Williams drove the woman around Cobb County and to Cartersville. Throughout the ordeal, prosecutors said Williams threatened to harm her if she escaped, and groped her thigh and grabbed her hair. She escaped after Williams stopped at a QuikTrip in Cartersville.
Cobb Assistant District Attorney Norman Barnett said Williams “has demonstrated that he is a danger to society and he belongs in prison.”
Judge Schuster added that Williams dangled “shiny objects” in front of the woman “just to lure her into your control.”
“I don’t see these as tokens of your affection, you were grooming her…pure and simple,” he added. “I see you as nothing more than a predator.”
Williams was represented by Marietta attorney Joel Bergstrom.
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