by Sam Levin
The Moberly man who kidnapped, tortured and raped a woman before locking her in a freezer has finally been sentenced -- to 90 years behind bars.
The heinous crime got a lot of attention last March when four suspects were arrested for various roles in the horrific attack on this woman, who miraculously survived after spending an entire night in the freezer.
As we reported back in March of 2012, prosecutors in Randolph County charged four people in the bizarre kidnapping and rape case of a woman who was 22 at the time.
The victim and 34-year-old Michael Wright were partying and doing meth in a Moberly hotel when Wright "basically wigged out," and accused the woman of stealing, an officer told Daily RFT at the time.
That's when he allegedly called his friends Tracy Stodgell, then 28, and Sean Williams, then 35.
"You better get here. I'm going to kill this bitch," Wright reportedly told his friends, a probable-cause statement says.
From our earlier coverage:
The friends arrived shortly after, and Williams allegedly put a knife to the woman's face and told her she was coming with them. All four then climbed into Wright's vehicle, according to the probable cause, with Williams continuing to hold the knife to the victim.
They later arrived to the remains of an abandoned home in Randolph County where Wright allegedly struck the woman causing her to fall to the ground. She was then bound and gagged and stuffed into an old freezer in the basement of the property. Cinder blocks on the lid kept her inside. Authorities say Williams later removed the cinder blocks and forced the victim to perform oral sex on him and raped her. Stodgell, meanwhile, is accused of opening the freezer on occasion to punch the victim repeatedly in the face.
At the recent sentencing, Judge Rachel Lane Bringer called Williams' acts "deplorable," the Moberly Monitor reports.
"His actions could have very well led to [the woman's] death," she said, according to the paper.
Meanwhile, Williams' wife reportedly testified at the sentencing, noting that they have three children together who wonder where their father is.
"They ask about him all the time," the mother said, the Monitor reports.