Mandy Boardman‘s husband, David Wise has been spared having to serve jail time after a three year criminal case against the 52 year old man found him guilty of raping his former wife. Instead Wise will only have to spend 8 years of home detention.
Mandy Boardman for her part would retort that the sentence was a ‘sucker punch to the gut.’
Added the Indianapolis, Indiana woman: “During the reading of the sentence, the judge looked at me before he gave the final decision,’
‘I was told that I needed to forgive my attacker and move on. I received zero justice on Friday.’
During sentencing Marion Superior Court Judge Kurt Eisgruber imposed a 20-year sentence, with 12 years suspended and eight years of home detention. He declined to comment on the case Monday because Wise plans to appeal.
During the trial, Mandy Boardman testified that Wise had been drugging her since 2005, saying she once woke up with a pill dissolving in her mouth. There were several times, she said, when she woke up feeling like her body had been ‘messed with.‘ In fall 2008, she found three sex videos of her on Wise’s cellphone. She said she had no memory of the sex or the videos being taken.
She reported the incidents to police in May 2011. She said she didn’t come forward sooner because she didn’t want her children to grow up without a father.
Since the sentencing, questions have been asked as to whether the sentence itself was too lenient and in some way perhaps betrayed disregard for the wife’s rights. Some commentators have even remarked it’s little wonder that the judge didn’t make the husband’s actions the fault of the woman, which underscores the angst and resentment from feminists.
Told Mandy Boardman: ‘I don’t feel that the man who raped me repeatedly for years on end deserves to leave the courtroom when I do,’
‘I don’t feel like he deserves to sit at home and watch TV and eat ice cream like I can. He deserves to spend many years in prison.’
Criminal justice experts have told judges consider several factors in determining sentences, including a defendant’s criminal history, employment and likelihood of committing another crime.
While Wise has no prior felony convictions, he has been convicted on misdemeanors of battery, public indecency and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Whilst Wise may be homebound and forced to subject himself to GPS monitoring from which he will only be allowed to go to work and back home, the man’s former wife of 12 years has told the sentencing is not enough and still fears for her safety, urging that her former husband be imposed jail time.
The wife would also add that she still fears for her safety and believes Wise will contact her and will continue to fight for visitation with their son and daughter.