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K.G. man sentenced on rape charges
King George man sentenced


Date published: 9/21/2012

BY KEITH EPPS

A King George man who tormented his wife for years and raped and sexually assaulted another woman last year was ordered Thursday to serve 20 years in prison.

King George Commonwealth's Attorney Keri Gusmann asked that the man's name not be published because the former wife and their four children still live in the area. The man, 41, was sentenced in King George Circuit Court to a total of 135 years with all but 20 years suspended after being convicted of 10 charges, including three counts of sodomy, four counts of object sexual penetration, malicious wounding and abduction with the intent to defile.

According to the evidence, the man came to the attention of the Sheriff's Office following an Aug. 5, 2011, incident at a friend's home in King George. The friend's girlfriend was there and she, the defendant and others were drinking.

At some point, the woman went upstairs and got into the Jacuzzi in the master bedroom. She was alone when the defendant walked in. The woman said that when she told him to leave, he got "off-the-chart angry" and began yelling about how she didn't treat her boyfriend right.

He then assaulted and raped her repeatedly. The woman suffered a black eye and lost several teeth in the vicious attack, Gusmann said. The Sheriff's Office was called and the man was arrested that night.

About a week later, the man's wife contacted authorities after hearing about what had happened to the Aug. 5 victim.

The wife, who had left the man six months earlier and was hiding from him, told police about repeated attacks she had suffered during her marriage to the defendant.

The couple lived in King George from 2003 to 2005 and lived together in various other area locations until she left him. She told police she was raped and beaten repeatedly and often was tied up and had her eyes covered with duct tape. She said the man was always intoxicated during the attacks.

When she came forward, Gusmann said, the wife was especially concerned about the defendant getting released on bond because he'd told her he would kill her and anyone who helped her if she ever left him. The man did not get bond.

The defendant entered Alford pleas to the charges, meaning that while he doesn't admit guilt, he acknowledges the evidence is sufficient for convictions. The man admitted in court that he did some of the things he was accused of, but not all of them.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Email: kepps@freelancestar.com