An Arkansas man has been sentenced to life in prison after he beat and raped a 69-year-old woman so severely that parts of her arms and legs had to be amputated.
Charles Allen Rickman, 31, pretended to have car trouble and forced his way into the woman’s home last October, according to prosecutors.
The victim appeared on the stand on Wednesday with prosthetic legs and band-aids covering her amputated arms.
She testified that Rickman had blindfolded her, tied her hands and feet – cutting off her circulation – and raped and beat her in the brutal five-hour attack.
Rickman was found guilty of aggravated residential burglary, kidnapping, battery and two counts of rape on Thursday in Bentonville.
He was handed four life sentences plus 20 years, to be served consecutively, according to ABC 40.
Charles Allen Rickman, 31, has been convicted of raping and beating a 69-year-old woman so brutally that parts of her arms and legs had to be amputated. He was given four life sentences plus 20 years in a Bentonville, Arkansas, court on Thursday
Rickman – who’d met the woman when he helped a painter she hired – had knocked on her door at around 1.30am on October 3 and said he needed to use her phone to use a phone.
The 31-year-old then forced his way into her home.
‘He grabbed me from behind,’ she testified. ‘He was really strong.’
Rickman then covered her eyes and removed her clothes, tying up her hands and feet before he raped her.
The woman testified that she could feel him hitting her in the back with what she believes was a cord.
He also threatened to kill her twice during the attack.
‘I was scared if I fully did not cooperate that he would kill me,’ she said.
Rickman is pictured as he’s led out of the courtroom on Thursday after sentencing
The woman had been injured so extensively that she underwent 15 to 25 surgical procedures.
Dr Donna Johnson testified that her injuries could have led to life-threatening infections if they did not amputate her hands and feet.
The victim described herself as an active person before the brutal attack, saying she volunteered and worked five days a week at a clothing story in Gravette and had loved to do missionary work in other countries.
In a tape of Rickman’s confession, he said he only remembered ‘bits and pieces’ about beating and raping the woman.
Earlier that day he had been drinking malt liqour beer and had snorted and smoked a little more than a quarter gram of methamphetamine.
‘I was so out of it on drugs that I was not in the right frame of mind,’ he said.
He cried as he told detectives he didn’t plan to kill the woman and didn’t give any explanation for the attack.