Convicted murderer forced his wife and son, 11, to perform sexual acts on himself and each other during a four-day ordeal in which he threw battery acid in her eyes and tortured them with a wooden rod, knife and Taser
- Jerry Gilligan, 72, was sentenced Monday on 10 of the 18 counts in a court in Arizona
- Gilligan was convicted for the murder of his stepfather in 1988 and was released in 2014
- In this process, the jury watched a video in which the man forced his wife and her son to perform sexual acts with each other in an incident of September 14, 2016
- The woman said she had sexually abused Gilligan's wheelchair user from her 11-year-old son in a shed and then he held them hostage with rope, chains and duct tape at home
- She said he also physically abused them with a Taser, knife and a wooden rod
- Gilligan shaved their heads and threw battery acid into his wife's eyes, then she warned the authorities when she was in hospital on September 17, 2016
- His lawyer accused his wife of being a liar and a prospector
- He is sentenced on December 5 for abduction and torture
Jerry Gilligan, 72, was convicted Monday for abduction and torture and is due on December 5
A man serving a life sentence for the murder of his stepfather in 1980 has been convicted of kidnapping and torturing his wife and 11-year-old son.
The Mohave County Superior Court jury in Arizona watched a video on Monday with Jerry Gilligan, 72, forcing his husband and child to perform sexual acts with themselves and with each other.
His wife said she caught him harassing the boy in a backyard shed on September 14, 2016, after which the wheelchair-bound man tied them up for a four-day trial.
Gilligan stuck the mouths, hands and feet of the family members, hit them with a wooden rod and used a knife and a Taser gun while he held them hostage.
He shaved their heads, poured battery acid into the woman's eyes and took photos and videos that were eventually used against him.
His wife reported him when she was in the hospital on September 17, 2016 Mohave Valley Daily News reported.
Kingman Police found evidence to support her story and the police said they believed Gilligan had sexually abused and abused the victims for two years.
The boy was released under custody of his mother when Gilligan was imprisoned.
The process has been delayed several times in recent years – including in January 2019 – but it finally started last month.
Gilligan & # 39; s lawyer, Sandra Carr, had claimed that his wife – who was then 39 – was a prospector who abused him.
The Mohave County Superior Court jury in Arizona watched a video in which the man forced his wife and son to perform sexual acts with themselves and each other in the September 2016 incident
She claimed that after buying his husband a house, car, and motorcycle, her client was stressed in the summer of 2016 because he was no longer able to work after an accident.
Gilligan & # 39; s lawyer investigated why the tortured woman had not used any of the devices in the house – including a computer – to contact the emergency services.
She also told the court that nurses found no markings on the child and there were only a few ankle and wrist markings on the victim.
Carr went on to claim that the woman organized the ordeal and claimed that the police had discovered evidence after they were called to search the house a second time.
Gilligan was accused of 10 counts of sexual behavior with a minor under the age of 12, six counts of severe abuse by domestic violence, seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor by domestic violence, two counts of kidnapping and one count of administration of one dangerous drug for another person.
He was sentenced on 10 of the 18 counts and must be sentenced on 5 December.
Judge Billy Sipe said that he was expected to be in prison for life.
Gilligan was released from the state prison in October 2014 after serving 25 for first-degree murder, burglary, arson and theft from Pima County.
In that case, Gilligan was arrested in February 1988 in a Georgia home and returned to Arizona on order for the murder of his stepfather, Walter Bopp, in one of Bopp's two health food stores in Tucson.
Bopp, 78, was burned and beaten in December 1980 and lived about a month before he died, but he refused to name his attackers.
Two other men pleaded guilty of second-degree murder and were sentenced in 1983.
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