SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A Summerville man who tortured a woman by wrapping a dog leash around her neck and assaulting her was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Prosecutors say 63-year-old Ralph Wayne Martin was found guilty on Tuesday of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.
Judge Maite Murphy suspended one month of the ten year sentence and added four years of probation to commence after he serves nine years and eleven months.
On July 1, 2014, a concerned citizen contacted the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office after hearing a woman scream for help at a home on Miley Avenue.
Deputy Jarrod Powell responded to the residence and made contact with the victim and Martin. The victim told police that Martin wrapped a dog leash around her neck, tied her hands with fishing twine, and struck her multiple times in the head and face.
According to prosecutors, at trial, the victim claimed she did not remember being assaulted that night.
Prosecutors say the victim's previous written statement and recorded oral statement from the officer's body microphone were introduced at trial. Pictures of her injuries were also taken by police that night and shown to the jury.
The jury deliberated for 30 minutes before handing down the guilty verdict.
"I am pleased with the sentence by Judge Murphy as well as the work of Deputies Powell and Strickland of the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office along with Assistant Solicitor's Glenn Justis and Kyle Ward who prosecuted the case," said Solicitor David Pascoe."The jury has sent a clear message that Criminal Domestic Violence will not be tolerated in Dorchester County."