first_imgVENTURA – An Alabama man was convicted Thursday in the attempted abduction of a 25-year-old Lake Sherwood woman and subsequent standoff in which he was arrested on a freeway in Alhambra. A Ventura County Superior Court jury found Dennis Elliot Shellhouse, 46, guilty of kidnapping for ransom, burglary, making criminal threats and resisting arrest in connection with the abduction, chase and standoff. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 24 and faces life in prison. His attorney had argued that Shellhouse was mentally impaired by a personality disorder and the effects of prescription drugs when he went on his crime spree. An industrial trainer from Phenix City, Ala., he was an award-winning volunteer for his local school district who had been known as a churchgoing family man. Following his arrest, his mother said he had been taking diet pills and medication for depression and “may have gone crazy.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesBut Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Day, who prosecuted Shellhouse, said whatever mental problems he had did not affect his ability to commit the kidnapping, which he planned for months, and he was not mentally impaired. “I’m very pleased with the verdict,” Day said. “He was basically an intelligent man with a deviant criminal mind his family did not know about. He was living a secret life.” On June 7, 2005, Shellhouse threatened Jamie Burtzloff with a gun at her Lake Sherwood home, but she refused to get into his rented minivan, and he wound up leading police on a six-hour chase. Day said the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department did an excellent job of apprehending Shellhouse under very dangerous circumstances when he was armed with two guns on the crowded San Bernardino (10) Freeway in Alhambra, threatening to kill himself. He was wounded by a single gunshot when police removed him from the van after firing tear gas into it. [email protected] (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img