Vancouver man gets 23 years in rape torture case

first_imgA Clark County Superior judge on Thursday sentenced a Vancouver man convicted of kidnapping, raping and burning a former girlfriend to more than 23 years in prison.Kivenson Elies, 29, was convicted in a bench trial in August of second-degree domestic violence rape, domestic violence unlawful imprisonment and second-degree domestic violence assault.According to court records, Elies met with the woman in January in Oregon, shortly after he was released from prison. He was imprisoned for second-degree domestic violence assault and unlawful imprisonment, according to records in that case.When he entered the woman’s vehicle, he forced her to drive to a bank to withdraw $500 for him. He then forced her to drive to the Motel 6 in Vancouver, where he punched walls to scare her, raped her and burned her with a lit cigarette, court records state.At one point, he tried forcing her to buy the matches he used to burn her, Deputy Prosecutor Luka Vitasovic said.“It was just one way to degrade a human being after another that evening,” Vitasovic said, explaining the state’s sentencing recommendation of 280 months.last_img

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