JAMAICA, Queens — A man and his wife abducted a woman from a subway platform after she tried to end a years-long sexual affair she was having with the couple then beat her so severely that she died from her wounds, prosecutors in Queens said.
This week, that man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the vicious attack.
“The defendant has shown he is not fit for civilized society and will be locked behind bars — to protect the public and to punish him for this brutal crime,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement Tuesday.
Malik Wilkerson, 35, pleaded guilty earlier this month to second-degree kidnapping. His wife — Devonee Wilkerson, 34 — pleaded guilty to the same crime and was sentenced last year, also to two decades behind bars, the DA’s office said.
Their sentences stem from the December 2013 death of Sheryl Outerbridge. The 38-year-old had been in a sexual relationship with the Wilkersons for years but wanted out, prosecutors said.
The night of Dec. 2, 2013, Outerbridge fled the couple’s home but they tracked her down the next day.
When the pair found their victim at the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue subway station, they abducted her and brought her back to their home, prosecutors said.
That’s when they beat the mother of three with a paint roller extension and a glass bottle, burned her with a lit cigarette and punched her repeatedly. The next day, Outerbridge was “dropped off” at a hospital where she was pronounced dead.