Missouri Kidnapping/Abduction Laws


According to § 565.110 R.S.Mo, a person commits the crime of kidnapping if s/he unlawfully removes another without his or her consent from the place where s/he is found or unlawfully confines another without his or her consent for a substantial period, for the purpose of

  • Holding that person for ransom or reward, or for any other act to be performed or not performed for the return or release of that person; or
  • Using the person as a shield or as a hostage; or
  • Interfering with the performance of any governmental or political function; or
  • Facilitating the commission of any felony or flight thereafter; or
  • Inflicting physical injury on or terrorizing the victim or another.

Kidnapping is a class A felony.  If a person kidnaps another for the purpose of facilitating the commission of any felony or inflicting physical injury on or terrorizing the victim, kidnapping is a class B felony.

Kidnapping is the forcible seizure, confinement, inveiglement, or enticement of another with the intent to asport or secretly confine the other against his will.[i]

In Missouri, under § 558.011 R.S.Mo., sentence for a class A felony, is a term of years not less than 10 years and not more than 30 years, or life imprisonment.  A person who commits class B felony is punishable for a term of years not less than 5 years and not more than 15 years.

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[i] State v. Crews, 1980 Mo. App. LEXIS 3349 (Mo. Ct. App. Apr. 29, 1980)