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Escaped Santa Cruz inmate convicted of kidnapping

Posted: January 5, 2013 3:00 a.m.
Updated: January 5, 2013 3:00 a.m.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — An escaped inmate who held a Santa Cruz preschool teacher at gunpoint and attacked a deputy faces life in prison after being convicted of 39 charges including attempted murder and kidnapping.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports ( that jurors in Santa Cruz County Superior Court on Friday also found Maurice Ainsworth not guilty of two charges of intimidating and dissuading a witness.

The 26-year-old escaped after stunning a deputy with her own stun gun during a hospital visit on Nov. 29, 2010.

Authorities said Ainsworth took the deputy's gun and fled to a nearby preschool, where he held a gun to a teacher's head and demanded her car keys.

Ainsworth also was convicted of charges related to a couple who was held hostage during a home invasion after he left the preschool.


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