Man Gets Nearly 40 Years In Prison After Beating A Woman For 11 Hours

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A North Carolina man has been sentenced to nearly 40 years in prison after being convicted of viciously beating and strangling a woman in a hotel room for 11 hours.

Joseph Timothy O’Buckley was tried and convicted of “attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, assault on a female, intimidating a witness and habitual felon,” according to a statement from Ted Bell, district attorney for Rutherford and McDowell County.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred at a hotel in Marion when O’Buckley locked a woman he knew in a room and proceeded to beat and strangle her over the course of 11 hours, Bell revealed in his statement. In addition to the beating, O’Buckley made various threats, telling the victim she would not leave the room alive. (RELATED: Oregon Man Released From Prison Just After Two Years For Torture And Kidnapping Charged With Attempted Murder)

When O’Buckley fell asleep, the victim managed to escape, running across the street to a residence where she was later attended to by Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the statement revealed. The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and the Marion Police Department also responded to the scene and arrested O’Buckley while the victim was transported to a local hospital for her severe injuries, Bell stated.

After being charged, O’Buckley repeatedly harassed the victim from the McDowell County jail, threatening to kill her if she testified against him. Undeterred, the victim testified against O’Buckley, who was found guilty on all charges and sentenced to 37 years in prison, the statement read.

“We are very thankful for the trust and immense courage the victim has shown throughout this process, to the witnesses who came forward to support her, to McDowell County EMS, McDowell Mission Hospital, McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and Marion Police Department for their work in this case, and to the jury for delivering justice for the victim,” Bell concluded.