A Rohnert Park man was sentenced to eight years in prison this morning in Sonoma County Superior Court for briefly kidnapping a 12-year-old girl who was selling pine cones door-to-door at his apartment complex in August. Timothy Allbritton, 49, had faced up to 11 years in prison for grabbing and picking up the girl at his apartment on Aug. 9. A jury convicted him after deliberating for eight minutes in February. When the girl knocked on Allbritton’s door and asked if he wanted to buy some pine cones, he grabbed the box of pine cones and pulled the girl into the apartment, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said. The girl screamed and tried to wedge her foot in the doorframe but Allbritton, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 287 pounds, overpowered her, according to Ravitch.
The girl managed to escape and run home after Allbritton carried her about 8 feet into the apartment, Ravitch said. She was not physically injured, Ravitch said. Allbritton told a Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety officer that he thought the girl was about to faint and that he brought her into the apartment to make her feel better, Ravitch said. According to Ravitch, Allbritton also told Officer Casey Thompson he “has that effect” on females and discussed his attraction to the girl. “This particular case, frankly, is frightening,” Deputy District Attorney Rosanne Darling told Judge Gary Medvigy this morning. She said the girl was “going about her business, just being a little kid,” and that the kidnapping changed her life.
Darling said that when the girl had gone to Allbritton’s apartment once before, Allbritton gave her paintbrushes to decorate the pine cones and asked her to come back. Darling said Allbritton blamed the girl’s parents for letting their daughter go unsupervised door-to-door in the apartment complex. Darling asked for an 11-year sentence. Deputy Public Defender Jeff Mitchell said Allbritton suffers from long-standing mental health disorders that make him act “child-like” and use poor judgment. He said Allbritton cooperated with police and “made an early admission.” “The incident lasted a matter of seconds,” Mitchell said.
Medvigy acknowledged Allbritton’s mental health issues, but he said the “quite diminutive 12-year-old girl” suffered emotional injury. The judge also recognized that Allbritton released the girl soon after he picked her up, but he said Allbritton did groom the girl by giving her paint supplies and asking her to come back to his apartment.