On Wednesday, Nov. 6th, a Walton County jury found Sanford Barton guilty of kidnapping with bodily injury, kidnapping for ransom, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On Nov. 12, he was sentenced to life without parole. He had previously been sentenced to 20 years in prison in another case which included rape, aggravated solody and armed robbery.
Walton County District Attorney’s Office reported on its Facebook page that “on May 21st, 2018, the defendant, a self-proclaimed “’founding father’ of a local subsect of the violent criminal prison/street gang Ghost Face Gangsters, beat and threatened the victim with a pistol before demanding money from the victim’s family in exchange for the victim’s safe return.
“The Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Monroe Police Department were immediately notified by the victim’s family, and both agencies coordinated efforts to rescue the victim. Due to law enforcement’s quick response, the victim was rescued without further injury during a takedown of the defendant at the designated exchange location.”
Walton County DA’s office report that the success of the subsequent investigation and prosecution would not have been possible without the work of DA Investigator Aimee Oliver. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Dave Williamson, Oliver, Victim Services Director Kim Kell, and Legal Assistant Lucy Repp.