Man convicted of kidnapping, stabbing, gets 17-year sentence

John Thompson • Feb 5, 2020 at 7:43 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A Carter County man was sentenced to 17 years in prison this week after he pleaded guilty to stabbing his wife in the leg and holding her against her will in their car in the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvements, 925 Patriot Drive.

Gregory Lee Calderon, 37, had been charged with aggravated kidnapping, bit pleaded guilty to kidnapping. Judge Lisa Rice sentenced him to 12 years in prison. Calderon was classified as a persistent offender. State law requires persistent offenders to serve 45% of their sentence before they become eligible for parole.

Calderon had also been charged with aggravated kidnapping and pleaded guilty to the charge. He was sentenced to 12 years, to run concurrently with the kidnapping conviction.

Calderon also pleaded guilty to theft over $1,000. Rice sentenced Caulderon to serve five years as a persistent offender. The sentence will run consecutively to the kidnapping sentence, resulting in a total of 17 years, with 45% of the time to be served before being eligible for parole.

Calderon also pleaded guilty to violation of the Sexual Offender Registry Act. He was sentenced to five years as a persistent offender, with the sentence to run concurrently with the kidnapping sentence.

Charges place against Calderon of evading arrest, coercion of a witness, and violation of an order of protection were dismissed.

According to court records, the assault and kidnapping took place on March 5, 2019. Mrs. Calderon told investigators that the couple had gone to Lowe’s for some pipe cover and that Calderon accused his wife of looking at another man in the parking lot, She said he then stabbed her in the right thigh with a switchblade knife and would not allow her to leave the car.

Assistant District Attorney General Matthew Roark was the prosecutor on the case and Wesley Taylor was the counsel for the defense.

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