Man sentenced for abducting girlfriend

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A man accused of abducting his girlfriend was sentenced to four years in prison on Wednesday.

Owen Gunther, 48, pleaded guilty to felonious assault on Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. He was indicted in February on charges of felonious assault and kidnapping.

Prosecutors said he held his girlfriend against her will for nearly a week inside a home on Youngstown’s North Side, repeatedly kicking and punching the woman until she passed out.

The victim told police Gunther wrapped a rope around her neck and choked her until she passed out again. Gunther then allegedly locked the woman inside the house for six days so she couldn’t go to the hospital.

Officers noted in the report that the victim had broken blood vessels in both eyes and numerous cuts and contusions to her face and neck.

Police went to the Thornton Avenue address where they found Gunther hiding in an upstairs attic.

Authorities claim Gunther was upset and thought the victim did not love him.

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