An Alabama sex offender accused of holding his girlfriend hostage and torturing her for weeks was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of rape, kidnapping, sexual torture and sexual abuse charges.
Guy Baker, 48, persuaded his 60-year-old girlfriend in March 2009 to move to his house in Seale, not far from the Georgia border, prosecutors said.
In May, they said he started forcing her to stay in the house. When they went to the bedroom together, prosecutors said he locked the door shut and put an eight-gallon bucket beside her bed if she needed to go to the bathroom. They said he repeatedly raped and beat her each day and night.
She was able to escape after almost three weeks of captivity when Baker forgot to screw the bedroom door shut, authorities said. She flagged someone down for help and reported Baker to the county sheriff’s office.
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After Baker discovered authorities were after him, prosecutors said he fled his house and hid in the woods for a week, eating berries and drinking muddy water before he turned himself in.
At trial, Russell County prosecutors called the case one of the worst incidents of domestic abuse in the county’s history. Assistant District Attorney Jamie Graham said Baker threatened to kill her his girlfriend and her children if she escaped.
“This is one of the purest signs of evil I’ve ever seen in the court and there’s no doubt in my mind that he committed these acts,” said Graham. “He got what he deserved.”
Baker defense attorney Jeremy Armstrong said his client plans to appeal. He said Baker kept the victim locked inside to keep his father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, from coming into the bedroom. He also said the victim had plenty of opportunities to seek help.
“We are disappointed in the verdict but we do appreciate the jury’s time and consideration in this matter,” Armstrong said.Baker was a registered sex offender previously convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl.