Repeat offender gets 65 years in kidnapping

Clayton County Superior Court Judge Matthew Simmons sentenced a convicted felon to 65 years in prison, after he was found guilty, Monday, of kidnapping a woman who has again disappeared.

Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson said the jury took about 45 minutes to convict Elijah Ames Brittain on kidnapping, aggravated assault and burglary charges.

Lawson said Brittain, 41, will serve every day of his sentence, because he is a repeat offender.

Prosecutors Katie Powers and Jason Green told jurors that Brittain kidnapped Chastity Jones in 2007, and left her tied to a tree in Cobb County. Jones freed herself and identified Brittain as her assailant.

Days later, the body of her husband, Brutus Jones, was found in Union City.

Police named Brittain a person of interest in the Brutus Jones case, because Brutus Jones was last seen alive with Brittain, but charges have not been filed in his death.

Two months before Brittain's arrest in October 2008, Chastity Jones disappeared again, and remains missing.

Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton called Brittain a "stone cold killer" when Paxton announced murder charges filed against him for the strangling death of a Roswell woman in 2006.

The body of Octavia Nicole Atkins, 30, was found in an abandoned farmhouse on Union Hill Road in Forsyth County.

Brittain is a registered sex offender, who has served four terms in Georgia prisons, during a 10-year period, 1991-2001, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records.

His last prison release date was March 21, 2004.