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Kidnapping survivor telling her story through new book

Posted at 6:19 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 18:19:44-05

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — In April of 2006, Scott County attorney Sharon Muse became a crime victim, a crime survivor. Now she's writing a book about it.

It's titled, "Kidnapped by a Client." In the book she writes about fighting for justice against her kidnapper Frankie Covington.

"If I wanted justice, I had to fight both him and the courts," Muse said.

Muse shares her personal nightmare when Covington, a former client, showed up at her Georgetown office and asked for a ride. Covington would later serve life in prison for kidnapping and being a persistent felony offender.

Muse, the commonwealth's attorney for Scott, Bourbon and Woodford counties, sat down with us to talk about her book.

"As the victim, the person whose life has been changed forever because of the choices of someone else, you have no voice, you just don't," Muse said. "Part of the reason for writing this book was to equip people to fight back, to push."

Covington kidnapped Muse then made her drive to a secluded Bourbon County farm where she said he terrorized and assaulted her at knife point and tried to kill her. She fought back and said she is forever thankful to the three strangers who stopped to help her.

"He would have stabbed me to death," Muse noted. "I mean, I got out of the car, but he would have stabbed me to death, so yes they literally, stood between me and death. I don't know how to thank them."

Muse uses a fictional name when writing about Covington because she "didn't want to give him any notoriety." He will be eligible for parole in 2026. Muse plans to speak up when that time comes to try and keep Covington in prison.

Her book is being sold at Barnes and Noble, Walmart and on Amazon.