Friday, February 13, 2009

Alva man pleads guilty to torture charges

Editor's note: We will see more cases like this, deal with more monsters like this, if we continue down our current path of not providing for our children with autism. This is a warning to our legislators about the oncoming storm.

By the Associated Press Feb 13, 2009

ALVA - A 21-year-old man has pleaded guilty to charges in the videotaped torture of a mentally disabled man in Woods County.

Jesse Thomas Wallace pleaded guilty in Woods County District Court in Alva to felony charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and maiming.

Wallace was sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to write a letter of apology to the victim.

Wallace and Marvin Tarver were accused of using a coat hanger to brand the autistic man and of shooting him with an air pistol and a paintball gun.

The attack was videotaped then transferred to DVD and Wallace acknowledged he had hoped to sell the DVDs.

Charges against Tarver are pending.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.


Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I am totally at a loss. A letter of apology. "I am sorry that I tortured you. I shouldn't have done that."?

Wayne Rohde said...

I agree. The sad issue is that this will become a repetitive story in the near future as many of these children start aging out as adults and their parents will not be able to care for them.

Our society is really in for a culture shock in the next several years. I told you so.

aglu said...

Sad case. Punishment is absolutely fair.

Anonymous said...

This is such a sad story! I am glad jesse has been sent away to jail for nine years but i wouldnt have minded seeing him go away for the max of 17 years he was up for! I work with his wife and from what she has said jesse thinks he has done nothing wrong, in my eyes that just makes it worse!