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UPDATE: Man Sentenced to 43 Years for Kidnapping and Assaulting Ex-Wife

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By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/28/13 @ 11:15 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two days before his 33rd birthday, a Lincoln County man learned Wednesday he could spend the next 43 years behind bars for the kidnapping and battery of his ex-wife.

Hubert ”Bucky” Porter, of Branchland, entered a Kennedy plea to 14 counts during a hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court.

The charges included kidnapping, domestic violence, domestic battery, burglary, destruction of property, petit larceny, unlawful wounding and brandishing.

Porter was arrested in September 2011 in Virginia, several days after the incident at this ex-wife's house.

According to Porter's ex-wife, after getting out of jail on an unrelated charge, Porter came to her house in Salt Rock and hid until she came home. That's when she says Porter attacked her, beat her and sexually assaulted her. She says he held her hostage for nearly 20 hours.

Porter's ex-wife was able to get away, running down a church group on a hay ride to get help.

Prior to sentencing Porter told Judge Alfred Ferguson, "This is by far the worst birthday present I've ever received and I just hope you have some sort of mercy on me."

Porter also compared his life to the George Jones song "Choices" by saying, "It pretty much sums it up for me.”

Porter's ex-wife, Alicia, was in court and noticeably upset as she gazed at the man who held her captive for 20 hours at knife point. She declined the opportunity to speak prior to Porter's sentencing.

According to Cabell Prosecutor Chris Chiles, the plea agreement was offered to spare the victim the trauma of going through a trial.

"I didn't want to re-victimize her and have to put her through the trauma of testifying about being raped and the other things that happened to her at the hands of her husband," said Chiles.

Porter's ex-wife was in agreement with the plea deal and felt it was a fair sentencing.



UPDATE 4/30/13 @ 10:50 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Another trial date has been set for a man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting his estranged wife.

Hubert "Bucky" Porter, of Branchland, was back Cabell County Circuit Court Tuesday where Judge Alfred Ferguson set an August 13 trial date.

During the hearing, Porter told Judge Ferguson that he was he tired of having his trial delayed and has fired his attorney.

Porter was arrested in September 2011 in Virginia several days after the alleged incident at this ex-wife's house.

According to Porter's ex-wife, after getting out of jail on a unrelated charge, Porter came to her house in Salt Rock and hid until she came home. That's when she says Porter attacked her, beat her and sexually assaulted her. She says he held her hostage for nearly 20 hours.

Porter's ex-wife was able to get away, running down a church group on a hay ride to get help.

Porter was later indicted on 14 counts that include burglary, domestic battery, domestic assault, destruction of property, petit larceny, stalking, kidnapping, malicious wounding, sexual assault and brandishing.

Porter told Judge Ferguson during Tuesday morning’s hearing he has been waiting more than 20 months for his speedy trial and that his attorney has made several offers to the prosecution that Porter did not want. Porter said he felt as though his attorney also lied to him.

"I feel like I was insulted and I didn't like the way they were talking to me about the case and the way I wanted it to be dealt with," said Porter.

Porter's attorney said it was just a break down in communication regarding some evidence they had received.

Judge Ferguson told Porter if he gets another attorney, this will delay his trial even longer but Porter said he wanted the case done right.

"This is a difficult case and there's a lot more to it than what's being out there. Things have gone south and I don't want it to go bad on me because I'm facing a very lengthy amount if time," said Porter.

The victim emailed WSAZ.com following the hearing to say, “I want this case over more than anything, it's been 19 months...I'm not understanding why he is able to keep delaying the trial, this is still a big part of my life every time I turn my calendar over to see another court date coming soon, preparing for a trial that never happens. I believe him firing his lawyer is another way to prolonging this trial…I went into court today thinking it was finally gonna be over, but now I see it will be a long time before I will rest knowing this is all over. “

A new attorney was appointed for Porter during the hearing.

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UPDATE 4/24/12
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A trial date has been set for a man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting his estranged wife.

Hubert "Bucky" Porter will go to trial on July 24 in Cabell County.

The Branchland man was arrested in September in Virginia, after being on the run.

According to his ex-wife, he got out of jail on Friday, September 16, came to her house in Salt Rock and hid until she came home. That's when she says he attacked her, beat her and sexually assaulted her. She says he held her hostage for nearly 20 hours.

She was able to get away, running down a church group on a hay ride to ask for help.

Porter was tracked down a few days later.

Porter was indicted at the end of 2011 on 14 counts that include burglary, domestic battery, domestic assault, destruction of property, petit larceny, stalking, kidnapping, malicious wounding, sexual assault and brandishing.

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UPDATE 12/20/11 @ 2:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Lincoln County, arrested and charged with sexually assaulting and kidnapping his estranged wife, was back in court Tuesday.

Hubert "Bucky" Porter, 31, of Branchland was arrested back in September after investigators say he beat his estranged wife, Alicia Porter, and held her hostage for almost 20 hours at a home in the Salt Rock area of Cabell County.

Recently, a Cabell County Grand Jury indicted Porter on 14 counts that include burglary, domestic battery, domestic assault, destruction of property, petit larceny, stalking, kidnapping, malicious wounding, sexual assault and brandishing.

During Tuesday’s arraignment in Cabell County Circuit Court,
Porter waived a reading of the charges. His next court hearing is a pre-trial on January 20.



UPDATE 9/20/11 @ 10:40 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Hubert "Bucky" Porter, a Lincoln County man wanted on sexual assault and kidnapping charges, was arrested late Tuesday night in Salem, Va., according to Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas.

McComas tells WSAZ.com that Porter was captured at his sister's home by the Capital Area Regional U.S. Marshal Service. He was taken to the Roanoke County Jail in Salem.

Porter, 31, of Branchland, W.Va., is accused of beating his estranged wife, Alicia Porter, and holding her hostage for almost 20 hours during the weekend in the Salt Rock area of Cabell County, W.Va.

Porter also is accused of stealing beer and gas from two convenience stores in our region in the past couple of days.

On Sept. 12, police arrested Porter -- charging him with burglary, destruction of property and petit larceny. Then on Friday he posted a $17,000 bond and got out of jail.

Alicia Porter told WSAZ.com she had concerns her estranged husband would not be taken into custody alive.

McComas says his department shared information all day between Cabell and Lincoln counties with state police and the U.S. Marshal Service. He credited that with Porter's quick arrest.

Porter faces possible extradition back to Cabell County on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 9/20/11 @ 6:40 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- From sexual assault, kidnapping and domestic battery to shoplifting beer and gas, police in two counties are looking for a man considered armed and extremely dangerous.

We first told you Monday how Hubert "Bucky" Porter is accused of violently beating and terrorizing his estranged wife for nearly 20 hours at her Salt Rock home during the weekend. Now, he's on the run and committing more crimes along the way.

“I can’t sleep. Every sound I hear, I think it’s him,” Alicia Porter said.

Beaten, swollen and badly bruised -- and those are just the injuries you can see. But, what Alicia Porter is dealing with on the inside is a torturous nightmare.

That's because she just learned her estranged husband is not only still on the run, but still allegedly committing crimes.

Police say he hit a Huntington Speedway at the corner of Bonnie Boulevard and U.S. 60 overnight on Monday. According to police, surveillance video shows him stealing a case of beer. Outside, he hops into a 1996 dark green Chevrolet Cavalier and takes off.

“He’s considered extremely dangerous because he told his estranged wife that he would not be taken alive," Cabell County Sheriff's Detective Bill Templeton said. "That’s makes him very dangerous.”

Alicia says she and Bucky grew up together, but only reconnected in January. That's when they started dating. In June, they were married. But, Alicia says it wasn't long after that that things went downhill fast.

“I wanted some space, and he didn't like that,” Alicia said.

Alicia moved into her own place to get some space. But, earlier this month, she says he broke into her Salt Rock home, smashed her television and stole all of her clothes.

Police arrested him on Sept. 12, charging him with burglary, destruction of property and petit larceny. But, last week, he posted a $17,000 bond and got out of jail.

That's when he headed straight back to her home, allegedly broke in again and waited. When she arrived, she says she underwent nearly 20 hours of physical, sexual and psychological abuse before she escaped. At this point, she says she just wants the nightmare to end.

“I just hope he’s caught soon so my children and I can return to a normal life,” Alicia said.

Police say Porter also hit a Speedway in Lincoln County in Hamlin Monday night, stealing gas. He was last seen in that 1996 green Chevy Cavalier. It has dents on the passenger side front and rear fenders.

West Virginia State Police, the U.S. Marshal's Service and Lincoln and Cabell County sheriff's departments are searching for Porter. He now faces new charges of shoplifting and driving on a revoked license.

If you see Porter, you should call your local 911 agency.



UPDATE 9/20/11 @ 3:40 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The U.S. Marshals are joining local law enforcement in tracking down a fugitive accused of kidnapping, sexual assault and now theft.

Hubert Porter, 31, of Branchland, W.Va., is accused of beating his estranged wife and holding her hostage for almost 20 hours during the weekend.

Now the Cabell County Sheriff's Office tells WSAZ.com that Porter stole beer beer from a Speedway in Huntington in the past 24 hours. They also believe he took gas, without paying, from a Speedway in Hamlin, which is in Lincoln County.

West Virginia State Police say Porter is known to everyone as “Bucky”.

He was arrested on September 12 for burglary, petit larceny and destruction of property in connection with a Sept. 5th incident where he broke into his estranged wife’s home, busted her TV, and stole all of her clothes, according to troopers.

State Police say he bonded out posting a $17,000 bond.

Porter was last seen last night driving a dark green 1996 Chevy Cavalier with dents on the passenger side front and rear fender. Troopers say he took the car from a family member Monday night.

Porter is expected to be armed and dangerous.

If you have seen him or know where he is, contact your local law enforcement.

Porter's estranged wife, Alicia Porter tells WSAZ.com that he was just released from jail on Friday. That's when he broke into her home and ambushed her when she got there, holding her hostage.

Alicia Porter says Hubert Porter will not be taken alive.

She was able to escape from Hubert Porter, running out the back door, falling and breaking her arm, before getting help from of a nearby church group that was holding a hay ride.

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ORIGINAL STORY 9/19/11
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A manhunt is underway for a Lincoln County man wanted for sexual assault and kidnapping in connection with an incident that happened in Cabell County.

Hubert Porter, 31, of Branchland, W.Va., is accused of beating his estranged wife and holding her hostage for almost 20 hours during the weekend.

Investigators say it appears to be hours and hours of physical and psychological torture.

Alicia Porter, the suspect's estranged wife, tells WSAZ.com he will not be taken alive.

Released from the hospital Monday morning, Alicia Porter agreed to talk with WSAZ.com about her horror story -- hoping to send a message to other abused women: to be brave, strong and get help.

"I got marks on my neck where he was choking me," Alicia Porter said. "He put me in the bathroom and cut off my clothes with a knife. The cops went to my house and got my clothes and panties and bra. He beat my head off the bathroom top of the commode."

She broke her arm, falling off the back deck of her house, when she finally escaped. A church next door was actually holding hay rides for children, when she ran screaming for help.

Alicia Porter said she also grieves for the little children who had to witness her bloodied and bruised, screaming for help.

Anyone who who knows the whereabouts of Hubert Porter is asked to contact the Cabell County Sheriff's Department.


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