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Man sentenced in kidnap case

Aug. 28, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A 32-year-old Branchland man will spend a better part of the rest of his life in prison after agreeing to a plea deal Wednesday in Cabell Circuit Court.

Hubert Allen Porter was sentenced to 28 years for kidnapping and one to 15 additional years for burglary after entering a Kennedy Plea, which means he acknowledges prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him without having to admit to committing the crime.

His estranged wife testified in October 2011 that Porter's jealousy-fueled anger spurred multiple arguments in their on-again, off-again relationship. It boiled over Sept. 16, 2011, when Porter is charged with dragging her body throughout a home located in Salt Rock, choking her multiple times and blocking a door with a recliner before turning out lights inside the home.

He also was accused of cutting off her clothing with a knife, forcing her into a bathtub and later raping her. Following the ordeal, Porter fled to Virginia. He was arrested three days later at a relative's residence.

His guilty plea also included eight other charges: domestic battery, domestic assault, two counts of burglary, destruction of property, petit larceny, unlawful wounding and brandishing.

Terms of the plea deal included the sentences for those eight charges running concurrently with the prison term. Four charges were dismissed, including two counts of first-degree sexual assault.

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