Prison for man convicted of beating, forcing woman into trunk

Prison for man convicted of beating, forcing woman into trunk

Judgment day for the 25-year-old convicted of beating a woman and forcing her into the trunk of a car.

Timothy Willis III was sentenced to 25-years in prison.

On July 21, 2011, Willis, along with an unknown accomplice, attacked the 50-year-old victim after she pulled her vehicle into her garage on Stanwood Road in East Cleveland.

When the victim exited the car, both men grabbed her and started punching her with closed fists. One of the suspects had a gun which he used to strike her in the face and head.

The men then closed the garage door and duct taped her mouth, head and feet, and used plastic ties to bind her hands. She was then forced into the trunk of her vehicle.

After hours of driving around, the vehicle stopped. One of the men opened the trunk and cut the zip ties off her hands.

The victim was instructed to count to 50 before getting out of the trunk. When she got out, she drove her vehicle to the East Cleveland Police Department to report the incident.

On February 21, 2012, U.S. Marshals arrested Willis on a felony warrant. On August 1, 2012, Willis was found guilty by a jury of three counts of kidnapping, one count of aggravated robbery, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of grand theft.

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