UPDATE: Man sentenced to life with mercy for kidnapping/torture of his wife

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BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 10/10/18 @ 4:20 p.m.
A man convicted of torturing his wife, including waterboarding her, was sentenced Wednesday to life with mercy, according to Boone County Courthouse officials.

Kevin Woodrum, 42, also was sentenced on two additional offenses for two to 10 years each. All of the sentences are to run consecutively.

The life with mercy sentence was for the kidnapping charge.

In August, Woodrum was convicted of kidnapping with mercy, malicious assault, domestic battery, and assault during commission of a felony. He was found not guilty of second-degree sexual assault and strangulation.

Earlier this year, a Boone County judge declared a mistrial and granted a change of venue to Lincoln County for an impartial jury.

Woodrum served as a sheriff's deputy years ago. Deputies say he tied his wife to the bed, beat, burned and sexually assaulted her for several hours -- in addition to the waterboarding abuse.



UPDATE 8/31/18 @ 6:06 p.m.
A man accused of torturing his wife was found guilty Friday on several charges.

Kevin Woodrum, 43, was convicted of kidnapping with mercy, malicious assault, domestic battery, and assault during commission of a felony. He was found not guilty of second-degree sexual assault and strangulation.

Earlier this year, a Boone County judge declared a mistrial and granted a change of venue to Lincoln County for an impartial jury.

Woodrum served as a sheriff's deputy years ago. Deputies say he tied his wife to the bed, beat, burned and sexually assaulted her for several hours. He was also accused of waterboarding her.



UPDATE 5/31/18 @ 9:20 p.m.
The trial for a man accused of waterboarding his wife was over before it even started.

Judge William Thompson, of Boone County, declared a mistrial in the case of Kevin Woodrum and granted a change of venue to Lincoln County.

The mistrial motion was granted when it was proving difficult to find an impartial jury in the case.

Woodrum, who served as a sheriff's deputy years ago, faces several charges for the alleged torture of his wife in 2016.

Deputies say he tied her to the bed, beat, burned and sexually assaulted her for several hours.

The new trial is expected later this summer.



UPDATE 2/1/17 @ 10:45 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man accused of attempting to waterboard his wife in December has been denied bond by a judge in Boone County.

Kevin Woodrum, who served as a Boone County Sheriff's deputy several years ago, also is accused of tying his wife to a bed and cutting her hair, as well as beating her for several hours.

The bond denial means Woodrum will remain in jail until his trial, which is expected to happen by spring.



UPDATE 12/13/16 @ 11:43 a.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is facing multiple charges after troopers say he beat, burned and sexually assaulted his wife for several hours.

Kevin Woodrum, 43, is charged with malicious wounding, sexual assault, kidnapping, strangulation, domestic battery and domestic assault.

According to a criminal complaint, troopers responded to a domestic call about a domestic situation at a home along Chap Road in Gordon on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Troopers say Woodrum answered the door but refused to let them inside without a warrant. After speaking to Woodrum for a while, troopers were able to get to the victim.

Troopers say they could see severe swelling and bruising on the victim's face. According to the complaint, the victim told troopers Woodrum had been beating her for several hours.

She told investigators Woodrum became enraged about 11:30 p.m. Friday and tied her hands and feet to the bed, according to the complaint.

The victim told troopers she was punched and slapped in the head multiple times. She also said Woodrum burned her with a lighter several times, choked her to the point that she would almost lose consciousness and told her he was going to kill her.

The victim also told investigators Woodrum sexually assaulted her.

Troopers say Woodrum also cut off large amount of the victim's hair and pulled her back by her hair as he poured water down her face, attempting to waterboard her.

Woodrum was taken to the Southwestern Regional Jail.

Woodrum is a former Boone County Sheriff's deputy. He served two and half years before leaving the department in 2004.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/12/16 @ 9:27 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A man has been arrested on domestic assault and battery charges after allegedly beating his wife.

West Virginia State Police say Kevin Woodrum, 43, was arrested in connection with an incident that happened a few days ago in the Gordon area.

He was taken to the Southwestern Regional Jail.

Troopers say Woodrum beat his wife and even used a waterboarding procedure on her as she was tied to a bed. WSAZ is told the victim is recovering, but she is not in the hospital.

Woodrum is a former Boone County Sheriff's Deputy. He served two and half years before leaving the department in 2004.



 
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