Metairie man convicted in Gonzales attempt to kidnap estranged wife

An Ascension Parish jury convicted a man in a failed plot to hide in the trunk of his estranged wife’s parked car and kidnap her, prosecutors said.

Talandis O’Patrick Cotton, of Metairie, was found guilty of attempted aggravated kidnapping Wednesday after a two-day trial before Judge Thomas Kliebert Jr. of the 23rd Judicial District at the Parish Courthouse Annex in Gonzales, prosecutors said.

Sentencing is set for May 28. Cotton faces 10 to 50 years in prison, prosecutors with the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office said in a statement issued Thursday.

The 23rd District encompasses Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes.

On Jan. 17, 2012, Gonzales police arrested Cotton, who was 45 at the time, after finding him in the trunk of his estranged wife’s car at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales, prosecutors said.

Police found Cotton had unlatched at least one of the car’s seat releases, which would have allowed him to enter the car’s passenger compartment, and also found duct tape, plastic ties, a toy gun and a key to the woman’s car on him, prosecutors said.

Hospital security guards had been tipped off to the possibility that someone was in the woman’s trunk because a box that had been in the trunk was under the car, prosecutors said.

At the time of the incident, the estranged wife had previously gotten a temporary restraining order in St. John the Baptist Parish against Cotton, prosecutors said.

In late 2011, Cotton had allegedly been waiting in the woman’s home and choked her until she was able to convince him that she wanted to remain married, prosecutors said.

Cotton was remanded Wednesday to Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville, prosecutors said.