Man gets 31 years for kidnapping ex-girlfriend, children

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Wentworth Hemmings, 41, was sentenced on Thursday to 31 years in prison and lifetime probation. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender. By Andrew Michalscheck Wentworth Hemmings, 41, was sentenced on Thursday to 31 years in prison and lifetime probation. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender. By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Several decades in prison await a Phoenix man who took his ex-girlfriend and several children hostage last fall.

Wentworth Hemmings, 41, was sentenced on Thursday to 31 years in prison and lifetime probation. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender. 

Last October, Hemmings broke into his ex-girlfriend’s Phoenix home while she slept. Four children, two of which are Hemmings, and a family friend were also in the home.

Hemmings held everyone at gunpoint and made several threatening statements. The family friend was eventually able to escape through a window and called police.

After officers arrived, the ex-girlfriend and her young daughter were able to flee the house.

The woman’s teenage daughter also eventually escaped. She was shot at by Hemmings as she ran from the home, but was not hit. The girl went on to tell authorities that she was sexually assaulted by Hemmings after her mother escaped.

After a standoff with police, Hemmings eventually released the other people in the home and surrendered.

This past April, Hemmings pleaded guilty to three counts of kidnapping, one count of sexual conduct with a minor, and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor.