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Sexual torturer sentenced to life

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By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  The Russell County man who held his girlfriend hostage and tortured her for weeks will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

A jury found Guy Baker, 48, guilty of rape, kidnapping, sexual torture, sexual abuse and sodomy Friday afternoon. Baker is a local registered sex offender who was previously convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl.

His trial started Thursday morning in the old Russell County Library across from the Judicial Center, which is currently under renovations. After the victim, witnesses and Russell County Sheriff's investigators testified, the jury deliberated for almost two hours before delivering a verdict.

Guy Baker and his girlfriend, a 60-year-old woman from Phenix City, met and started a relationship before he went to prison for rape.

They stayed together during his incarceration and in March of 2009, she moved into his home on Stewart Road in Seale, Alabama, not far off of Sandfort Road.

Immediately, investigators say Baker started beating his life-in love. Beginning in May, he held the woman captive for two-and-a-half weeks, allowing her to move from room to room but never letting her out of his sight. When they went into the bedroom together, he screwed the door shut with a screw gun, locking them both inside. An eight gallon bucket was left on her side of the bed which she was forced to use if she had to go to the bathroom.

During her captivity, the victim says Baker threatened her with a knife and raped her numerous times. She says he sexually abused her with his hands, sticking them inside of her. He used two separate flashlights to rape and torture her with. On top of that, he forced her to perform oral sex on him, threatening to beat her if she didn't do it.

Finally, when Baker fell asleep and forgot to screw the bedroom door shut, the woman escaped and flagged someone down for help. She immediately reported the case to the Russell County Sheriff's Office. When Baker found out that authorities were looking for him, he hid in the woods for a week, eating berries and drinking muddy water before turning himself in.

The prosecution called the case one of the worst domestic abuse cases the county has seen. Assistant District Attorney Jamie Graham says the victim was "living with evil" and says the reason she didn't try to get away from Baker is because he had threatened to kill her and her children if she did. He says after all the beatings and rapes, she had no reason to doubt him.

"This is one of the purest signs of evil I've ever seen in the court and there's no doubt in my mind that he committed these acts. He got what he deserved- he got life without. It's satisfying and gratifying when you can represent someone that has been treated so horribly and you get the results that you got today. This has been a mentally and physically grueling case for the victim but it's because of her that we received the five convictions today. For her, the physical scars have healed but the mental scars will be there until the day she dies," Graham said.

Baker's attorney, Jeremy Armstrong, says Baker maintains his innocence and they plan to appeal. Armstrong says things did not happen the way the victim says they did and her story doesn't make sense. He says authorities bought her story "hook, line and sinker." He told the jury the reason Baker kept the lock on the inside of the door what to keep his father, who suffers from Alzheimer's, from coming into the bedroom.

"This did not happen. The victim in this case had numerous opportunities to call people, numerous opportunities in public that if this was occurring to her to get help, ask people to call police and she did not. We hoped that would cast some reasonable doubt to this jury. We are disappointed in the verdict but we do appreciate the jury's time and consideration in this matter. We'll appeal and let the appellate courts look at all the potential appellate issues in this case," Armstrong said after Baker was escorted away in shackles.

Presiding Circuit Court Judge Al Johnson sentenced Baker to four consecutive life sentences without parole and another consecutive life sentence because he is a repeat offender.

Usually after a verdict in Russell County, a defendant gets a pre-sentence to report to determine the recommendations for their prison sentence. For the first time in his 27 years on the bench, Judge Johnson says Baker waived his pre-sentence report and was sentenced immediately.

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