Man convicted of 'torture chamber' rape to be sentenced to life in prison

The verdict was announced on Thursday in Henry County.

MCDONOUGH, GA. - An Ellenwood man who was found guilty last month of raping a female family member while holding her captive for nine hours was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday.

Superior Court Judge Arch McGarity sentenced Michael Hamilton, 55, to two life sentences on charges of rape, aggravated sodomy, terroristic threats, false imprisonment and simple battery. He was acquitted of one count of aggravated assault. He was also sentenced to 10 years for false imprisonment, five years for terroristic threats and 12 months in prison for simple battery – the maximum on each charge. All of the sentences will run concurrent.

The jury returned the guilty verdict on Aug. 17  after hearing audio recordings of the attack.

The victim, a family member of Hamilton, described the acts as a “torture chamber,” as she told jurors about the defendant putting a gun to her head and threatening to kill her while sexually assaulting her. He also used a sword and a knife to attack her during the September 2014 assault at a home in Ellenwood, she testified.

The woman was able to escape after more than nine hours of being sexually assaulted and abused.

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