CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Prosecutors say a man was sentenced to 20 years for kidnapping his estranged wife and tying her to a children's bunk bed.
On Wednesday, a Charleston County jury found Michael Anthony Glover guilty of first-degree burglary, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and Kidnapping.
Authorities say on Nov. 23, 2010, Glover forcibly entered his estranged wife's home while she was out with a friend. According to prosecutors, Glover disabled the victim's phone and laid in wait until the victim returned home with her friend.
When the friend left, investigators say Glover attacked the victim by striking her in the head and tied her to their children's bunk bed with a belt. The victim said Glover demanded to know where she had been and further coerced her to drop a stalking charge previously filed against him.
Prosecutors say before the violence escalated, Glover was startled by a noise and fled from the residence. The victim was able to free herself and make it to the home of a neighbor where the police were contacted. Glover was arrested in North Charleston the following day in possession of a pair of the victim's underwear.
Assistant Solicitor Jessica Baldwin said that the credibility of the victim convinced the jury of Glover's guilt.
"She took a stand and let everybody know that she was not going to allow this person torment her anymore," Baldwin said."
The jury returned verdicts of guilty on every charge after deliberating approximately three and a half hours on Wednesday. Glover must serve 85% of the sentence before being eligible for release.