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COURT APPEAL: Kidnapping Conviction Upheld

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The kidnapping conviction of a Cedar Rapids man has been upheld by the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Keith Elson was found guilty of kidnapping a 19-year-old convenience store clerk while she was working the overnight shift on May 17, 2010. He used a knife to force her to leave the store and took her to his Cedar Rapids apartment where he sexually assaulted her.

Elson had argued he was too drunk at the time to form specific intent to commit the crime.

The Court of Appeals disagreed and said the state provided substantial evidence that Elson’s intent was to sexually abuse the woman.