Man pleads guilty in 2015 kidnapping of ex-girlfriend

Phillip Timmons. Photo courtesy VBPD

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man has pleaded guilty in the 2015 kidnapping his ex-girlfriend.

Phillip Timmons entered a plea agreement Tuesday concerning charges of abduction and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Days after his arrest in October 2015, Timmons’ truck sat in a lot at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. He drove it from outside Ocean City, Maryland, after he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home when she wouldn’t let him come over.

Timmons held her at gunpoint on the road and repeatedly told her not to do anything stupid. When he got to the CBBT, there was an issue.

High winds caused restrictions and he wasn’t able to cross, because of his surf boards in back.

Tunnel staff brought the boards to the other side for Timmons and and when he got out to get them back, his ex-girlfriend jumped behind the wheel and started to drive off. She eventually flagged down CBBT police for help.

Officers struggled with Timmons before taking him in to custody.

“Love is a strong emotion and sometimes it gets off track,” said Timmons’ attorney, Andrew Sacks.

Sacks says what his client did was wrong, but he wasn’t thinking straight at the time.

“Sometimes very good people have very difficult moments,” Sacks added. “When you have time to reflect and think about it, you realize this is not the way to handle it.”

Timmons is not only looking at jail time in Virginia, but also in Maryland where the crime was committed.

By pleading guilty, Timmons now takes responsibility for his actions in 2015. His attorney says Timmons is looking for a fresh start.

“He’s sorry, he’s remorseful, he’s rehabilitated and he’s ready to move on in life,” Sacks said.

As a part of the plea agreement, Timmons will not be given anymore than five years in prison. He will be sentenced October 11.