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Man sentenced in high-profile Boone County torture case

A Boone County judge sentences Kevin Woodrum Wednesday to prison in a high-profile torture case. (WCHS/WVAH)

A man accused in a high-profile torture case in Boone County has been sentenced to prison.

Kevin Woodrum was sentenced Wednesday by Judge William Thompson of Boone County. He was sentenced in Lincoln County where the trial was moved.

Woodrum was sentenced to one year for second-offense battery; life with mercy (eligible for parole after 10 years) for kidnapping; two to 10 years for malicious assault; and two to 10 years for assault during a commission of a felony.

All sentences will run consecutive to each other (one after the other) He will get credit for 669 days already served.

West Virginia State Police said they went to a residence in Gordon in December 2017 to investigate a domestic situation. They said Woodrum asked them to leave unless they had a warrant and told them the woman was asleep. Eventually, they were able to talk to the woman and noticed she had severe swelling and bruising on her face. The complaint said she told officers that Woodrum had been beating her for hours.

Woodrum was arrested, and the woman gave a detailed statement to officers. She said Woodrum became enraged at her and tied her hands and feet to the bed. She said he punched and slapped her multiple times in the face and burned her with a lighter several times across the body.

While she was held captive, she said, Woodrum sexually assaulted her and choked her to the point she would black out. She also said he threatened to kill her. The complaint said he also cut off a large amount of her hair with scissors and poured water in her face with a large cup in an attempt to “water board” her.

Woodrum is a former Boone County sheriff’s deputy. He last worked there in 2004 and was employed at the department for about 2 and half years, Chief Deputy Chad Barker previously said.

A mistrial was declared in the case in Boone County in May 2018. The case was moved to Lincoln County, where he was found guilty on charges in August.



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