Alan Light, convicted of trying to abduct woman, dies in prison

140px-Texas_DCJ_logo[Updated to indicate the cause of death.]

By Kathryn Jones


Alan Elton Light, the Glen Rose man convicted of attempting to abduct a woman at gunpoint from the Brookshire’s parking lot in April 2010, died last week in a Lubbock prison.

Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, confirmed Tuesday that Light, 58, died at the Montford Unit, a psychiatric facility in the Texas prison system, in Lubbock on March 27.

Clark said Light died of “natural causes.” He had had health problems for several years.

A graveside service for Light was scheduled for today at 1 p.m. at Rock Creek Cemetery.

Aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon is a second-degree felony and carries a punishment of two to 20 years in prison.

Light was sentenced to 25 years in prison and was serving his third year for the crime.

He was arrested on April 27, 2010, for attempting to kidnap a 52-year-old woman as she was starting to leave the Brookshire’s parking lot in her car. Authorities said he opened her car door, pulled her out, waved a gun at her and ordered the woman to come with him in his pickup truck.

She fought off her attacker and managed to break free and run to the store entrance. Another customer was able to get the license plate of the suspect’s truck.

The victim, who said she did not know Light, was not harmed physically. At the time she requested that her identity not be revealed because she was afraid of retaliation.

She was never required to testify because Light’s court-appointed attorney worked out a plea bargain for the charges against him.

Before that arrest, Light had been arrested several times over the previous five years for public intoxication and violating a protective order.

Light also had financial problems. Shortly before the attempted kidnapping, Light’s home was foreclosed on. The week after his arrest for the attempted abduction, the property was sold on the steps of the Somervell County Courthouse.

Light was a former employee of Unimin Corp. He was a member of New Heart Family Worship Center in Cleburne. He is survived by two children and three grandchildren.

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