A guilty verdict has been reached in the case against a man accused of abducting a woman.
52-year-old Mark Weiner was found guilty of one count of forced abduction with intent to defile. The jury has recommended a 20-year sentence. Formal sentencing is scheduled for August 27.
Weiner and his family were
visibly upset in court when the verdict came down Friday. The commonwealth claimed Weiner had bad intentions last December when he offered a ride to a 20-year-old woman outside the Lucky 7 convenience store in Charlottesville, before drugging her and taking her to an abandoned house on Pantops Mountain.
Weiner's attorney had maintained that the victim was trying to make her boyfriend jealous that night and his client got caught in the middle of it.
In closing arguments, Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford told the jury they can either believe the victim's story or believe she is a sadistic person who was intent on torturing her boyfriend.
Friday the jury decided Mark Weiner had sinister intentions when he gave the 20-year-old a ride.
The jury got the case 12:30 Friday afternoon. They deliberated for approximately 4 hours before coming back with a guilty verdict. They then moved into deliberations on sentencing.
"I'm very happy and
pleased with the work the jury put in. It was a long four days and they worked very hard and he's yet to be
sentenced. We'll see what the judge does
in August," Lunsford said.
Mark Weiner's family was there throughout the entire trial which was supposed to last one day.
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