A Georgia man who kidnapped his ex-spouse so he could then fake to rescue her has been sentenced to 25 yrs in jail.
Rodney William Metzer, 36, hatched the insane strategy in a bid to acquire back again his former flame immediately after a phony most cancers diagnosis failed to spark the reconciliation he hoped for, prosecutors mentioned.
Metzer, whom prosecutors identified as a “master manipulator,” broke into his ex’s house early on Jan. 1 when armed and sporting a mask to conceal his identification.
“When he spoke to her, he disguised his voice,” District Lawyer Shannon Wallace said in a assertion Thursday.
“He strike her with the butt of his gun and experimented with to strangle her two moments. He zip-tied her palms, assaulted her, placed a pillowcase above her head and dragged her to the deck.”
Metzer then still left his helpless ex-spouse on her deck, telling her not to move until eventually she heard a auto honking or else she’d be shot, Wallace reported.
While his ex-wife was nonetheless tied up outside, Metzer went back to his Canton condominium to alter his outfits in advance of returning to come across his former partner still tied up, authorities claimed.
He told cops he uncovered her “bound with zip ties” on her deck although experience-down with a pillowcase about her head.
Investigators afterwards located surveillance video clip showing Metzer leaving a Lowe’s even though carrying a pack of zip ties. Other footage also confirmed him transforming clothes at his condominium, contradicting his statements about his whereabouts prior to the assault, Wallace said.
Metzer also made use of his cellphone and laptop to search terms on the net like “how very long just before you starve to death” or how extensive it can take to choke an individual right up until they’re unconscious.
“This gentleman is a learn manipulator,” Assistant District Lawyer Rachel Ashe said.
“In the times top up to this attack, he faked a most cancers analysis in an attempt to acquire sympathy from his ex-spouse.”
Right after that scheme failed, Metzer formulated a “convoluted plan” that investigators believe that concerned him killing his ex-spouse ahead of taking his very own lifetime, Ashe claimed.
“When he could not go as a result of with that prepare, he as a substitute devised a new approach to rescue her,” Ashe mentioned. “Fortunately, sheriff’s workplace investigators observed by means of this plan and immediately arrested the defendant.”
Metzer pleaded responsible on Aug. 4 to 14 prices such as kidnapping, residence invasion and sexual battery. A decide sentenced him to 25 several years in prison, adopted by 45 several years on probation.
“I are unable to consider how terrifying this must have been for her,” Wallace said of Metzer’s ex-spouse. “This is a basic example of how the most hazardous time for a domestic violence target is when she decides to depart an abusive marriage.”