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Nightclub robbery and kidnapping net 92 years

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The man convicted of kidnapping and robbing three people at a Huntington nightclub will spend a minimum of 43 years in prison.

William Fykes, 43, of Flatwoods, Ky., asked for leniency Thursday, but Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell provided him very little in saying the sentence would reflect a lifetime of violence and hurting people.

The result was a maximum prison term of 92 years plus sentences of life with mercy. The life sentences, which were ordered last week, involve two of the three counts of kidnapping. Fykes must serve a minimum of 43 years before he becomes eligible for parole consideration.

Earlier this month, a jury convicted Fykes of three counts of first-degree robbery and three counts of kidnapping, along with single counts of unlawful wounding and battery.

The case stems from a 3:30 a.m. New Year's Day 2012 incident at the Stonewall Bar, located in the 800 block of 7th Avenue.

Investigators believe Fykes entered the bar after closing and started waving a handgun, which the indictment alleges he used to pistol-whip two of the victims. It further charges he stomped on the head of one of the beating victims, also grabbing that victim by the throat and slamming him to the ground.

Thursday's punishment specifically ordered Fykes to serve three, 20-year sentences for robbery and a 32-year sentence for the remaining count of kidnapping. Those punishments will run one after the other, while Fykes simultaneously serves sentences of 6 months and 1 to 5 years for battery and unlawful wounding respectively.

Farrell will hear a defense motion for a new trial next week. Fykes' attorney indicated their side will appeal the conviction.

The kidnapping counts charged Fykes with holding the victims against their will inside the nightclub to gain a concession or advantage.

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