Man convicted for trying to kidnap woman in West Knoxville parking lot

Michael Sean Green (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Sean Green (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A man arrested in Las Vegas last year after trying to kidnap a woman in a West Knoxville shopping center parking lot was convicted Thursday of aggravated kidnapping.

A jury handed down the verdict against Michael Sean Green, 41. Sentencing is set for December 1.

During a jury trial, prosecutors said on June 5, 2015, around 10 p.m., Green parked his SUV next to the 23-year-old victim’s vehicle at Ross Dress for Less on Kingston Pike. When she came out of the store and tired to get into her car, Green attacked her and put his arm around her neck, choking her until she passed out.

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Prosecutors said Green then tried to put her in the back of the SUV, but other shoppers heard the struggle and started yelling at Green. Green sped off in the SUV, leaving the victim behind.

The victim was able to get his license plate number and Knoxville police determined he was a wanted sex offender from Virginia who had cut off his GPS ankle monitor. Police tracked him to Fort Worth, Texas, where officers tried to arrest him, but he was able to get away.

A second man, Bobby Allen Kenney, was arrested in Texas on June 13, 2015. He pleaded guilty to facilitation of aggravated kidnapping and is serving an eight-year sentence.

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Ultimately, Green was arrested in Las Vegas.

Green faces 12 to 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentence will run consecutively with his 25 year sentence in Virginia.

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