Man gets 20 years for stun gun attack

ThomasClark David Thomas, 46, was found guilty Thursday of kidnapping his wife and torturing her in a North Charleston motel room. A judge subsequently sentenced him to 20 years in prison. Thomas was acquitted on a sexual assault charge in the same case.

From The Post and Courier:

The victim, 23-year-old Rachel Crowley, said she was elated by the verdict. She had lived in terror for two years that Thomas would come after her again.

"I feel great now," Crowley said Friday. "I slept better last night than I have at any time in these past two years."

The newspaper story also provides details on the June 2006 incident:

When they walked into the room, Thomas pulled out a stun gun, jammed it into her back and pushed her to the floor, police said.

Thomas restrained Crowley with plastic zip ties, handcuffs, tape and shackles as he repeatedly jolted her body with electric charges from the stun gun, police said.

Investigators said Thomas held Crowley for about 45 hours before she was able to escape after he took her for a drive in his minivan.

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