A Boyd Co man could face a possible sentence of life in prison after pleading guilty to a federal kidnapping charge at the U. S. District Court in Ashland. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky says Johnathan Lee Smithers, 41, of Catlettsburg entered the plea Wednesday before U.S. District Judge David Bunning. According to Smithers’ plea agreement, on May 1, 2022, Smithers physically assaulted a victim, whose name was not released, with whom he was in a romantic relationship. Then, under threat of force and using a firearm, Smithers made the victim accompany him to a store, where he brandished the weapon, assaulted her with the weapon, and confined her in the vehicle. Smithers then drove her to the Flatwoods area.