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Brooklyn man sentenced to 25 years to life for kidnapping, torturing ex-girlfriend

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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — A 34-year-old Brooklyn man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for kidnapping his girlfriend and torturing her for a month inside his apartment in 2012, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson Thursday.

Authorties say Anthony Matthews, of Bedford-Stuyvesant tied up the victim with cords and wires, beat her with a piece of wood and burned her all over her body, leaving her with life-threatening injuries.

According to trial testimony, Matthews and the 29-year-old victim maintained an on-again, off-again relationship that was abusive at times. On June 29, 2012, the defendant picked up the victim from her father’s home in Peekskill, N.Y. and brought her to his Brooklyn apartment.

He then tied her up with extension cords and telephone wires, repeatedly beat her with a 2×4 piece of wood and continuously threatened to kill her, according to testimony.

About two weeks into the ordeal, the victim attempted to escape. But Matthews stopped her, beat her up, broke her teeth by shoving a gun into her mouth, burned her inner thighs with a hot iron and mutilated her body, including her genitalia, with a screwdriver that he heated with a lighter.

The victim’s family did not know her whereabouts while she was being held captive.

On July 30, 2012, Matthews left the woman by the threshold of his mother’s apartment in Bedford-Stuyvesant, rang the bell and fled. He instructed her to lie and say she prostituted herself and was attacked by a man she met on Craigslist.

District Attorney Thompson said she taken to Woodhull Hospital in septic shock due to a serious infection. She also suffered fractured ribs, spinal damage, lacerated liver, fractured nose, burns all over her body and open wounds that exposed bones.

“The defendant deserves this harsh punishment for his inhumane and barbaric torture of an innocent woman,” Thompson said. “May this sentence bring some solace to the victim for the unimaginable horror that she endured.”

Matthews was sentenced following his conviction on Nov. 18, 2015 of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree assault after a jury trial.