OSAGE, Iowa — A man convicted of first-degree kidnapping in the brutal beating and imprisonment of a woman yelled obscenities at his victim and police after the verdict was read.
Deputies escorted 23-year-old Nicholas Lenz out of the Mitchell County courtroom Friday after he began yelling, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/2ecL9Dh ). Lenz faces a mandatory term of life in prison for the kidnapping count when he’s sentenced on Dec. 20, as well as prison time for causing serious injury.
Prosecutors said Lenz had been involved with the woman but attacked her in March when she told him to leave her home. He taped her to a chair, punched and kicked her and threatened her with a gun, police said.
At one point, she broke free and ran from the home to seek help, but was chased down by Lenz and dragged back into the house by her hair, police said.
Investigators said he then took her to an unheated camper, tied her up with zip ties and left her there. Prosecutors said he broker her jaw during the ordeal, for which she had to have surgery.
Lenz’s attorney had argued that, while Lenz did admit to assaulting the woman, he had not kidnapped her. The defense also argued that the woman’s broken jaw didn’t rise to the level of a serious injury because it had not been life-threatening and did not leave her permanently disfigured.
But the woman and her family members testified her speech has been altered by the injury.
Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/