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James Donald Cooley was arrested in 2020 after allegedly kidnapping his ex-girlfriend.

A Rainier man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in 2020.

James Donald Cooley was sentenced in federal court earlier this month after pleading guilty to one count of kidnapping.

Cooley was arrested by Columbia County sheriff's deputies in May 2020, after he allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend from Ilwaco, Washington, and drove her to his home in Rainier, Oregon.

Cooley was initially charged in state court, but the incident moved to federal court because he crossed state lines.

Cooley, now 61, developed a methamphetamine addiction in his 30s and racked up numerous arrests for crimes stemming from his drug use, according to a sentencing memorandum. Cooley "and various female partners, would abuse methamphetamines together with volatile results," the sentencing memorandum stated.

Cooley's defense attorney, the United States Probation Office and prosecutors all recommended a 120-month sentence for Cooley, which is what the judge ultimately prescribed.

Cooley never entered treatment for substance use disorder, according to the document.

"To be sure, there have been various times since the age of 35 that Mr. Cooley had been able to maintain abstinence from methamphetamine, but during times of stress he has repeatedly relapsed," court documents stated.

Cooley has been in custody in the Columbia County Jail since May 18, 2020, when he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend. He brought her to his home in Rainier, where his sister called the police.

Cooley has not had alcohol or methamphetamine in the more than two years he has spent in custody, the sentencing memorandum stated, noting that Cooley "is finally thinking clearly and is horrified to look back at his actions."


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