GUILTY VERDICT in agent kidnapping, robbery case

Last year, St. Petersburg real estate professionals were rattled when two real estate agents were kidnapped, robbed, and held at gunpoint for hours while their attacker waited on a $50,000 ransom. Last week, the man accused of the crime was found guilty and now faces up to 20 years in prison. Paul Pinkston, a computer analyst and retired Air Force major, was arrested about a week after the crime thanks to an anonymous tip to the police. He had no previous criminal history.

Pinkston arranged two separate showings with two separate agents on June 3, 2015, posing as a buyer named Robert Evans. At the first showing, he pulled a gun on the agent showing hi the home (alone), handcuffed her, and took her phone and keys. He then attempted to secure a $50,000 ransom from her husband, who at first thought it was a prank call and then informed Pinkston he could not access that kind of money. At that point, Pinkston fled the scene with the victim’s car and keys, eventually arriving at the second showing, where he also attempted to obtain a ransom before stealing that agent’s car and keys as well.

Early in the case, Pinkston’s wife insisted that he had not committed the crimes and his attorney noted that only one of the two victims could identify him. However, the evidence mounted up and he was found guilty last week on two separate accounts of armed robbery and one charge of kidnapping. How do you protect yourself at showings?

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  1. catherine goral says:

    what is his sentence ?

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