A Mineral man was sentenced Thursday for kidnapping and abusing his estranged wife. Thomas Faulls, 48, will spend more than 24 years behind bars.
A federal judge in Charlottesville sentenced Faulls to a total of 295 months on a slew of charges - including kidnapping, interstate domestic violence, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of the crime of violence.
Earlier this year, Faulls was convicted of abducting his estranged wife, Lori, taking her to West Virginia, and sexually assaulting her in August of 2012. She eventually managed to escape and run to a police station for help.
Thursday, the judge said the 295-month sentence took into account the severe pattern of violence. Normally domestic violence cases are tried in state court. This case wound up in federal court because Faulls crossed the state line into West Virginia when he kidnapped his wife.
Tears poured down Lori’s face as she spoke in court. She said she suffered 26 years of abuse and didn't want to be afraid anymore. Faulls did not speak on his own behalf.
Prosecuting attorneys say were pleased with the outcome.
“Often with state sentences you hear of a lower amount of time, and a lot of these cases too the victim can recant, which can make prosecution difficult, so this was one where the victim trusted the criminal justice system and was able to see it through,” said Nancy Healey, U.S. Attorney.
Faulls was also sentenced to 15 years supervised probation Thursday. He will be registered as a sex offender. He will also receive treatment for a mental condition he has.
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