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Woman Held Captive In Man’s House Broke Free With Help Of Family, Friends, Prosecutors Say

via Asheville Police Department
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A North Carolina man, William Todd Murell, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a 10-day period.

The victim, a former police officer, met Murell at a substance abuse group, and he subsequently abused her at his residence.

“I thank prosecutors Katie Kurdys and Stormy Ellis for their passionate advocacy for justice in this complicated and lengthy jury trial,” District Attorney Todd Williams stated. (Trending: LeBron James Shares Gun Advice For Americans)

“Their trauma-informed support of the victim who courageously took the stand despite her physical limitations provided the jury with the compelling evidence to put Murell in prison for over two decades.”

Despite multiple welfare checks by police, the victim was unable to seek help due to fear and manipulation.

“I told her to get out because he’d kill her,” the victim recalled.

“I knew something bad was going to transpire if she stayed. I just wanted to get her out.”

Murell faces additional kidnapping and rape charges in a separate case.

The victim eventually escaped and received medical treatment.

Murell’s attorneys have filed an appeal, and he faces charges related to a separate incident involving another woman.

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