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Bloomington man sentenced to 11 years in torture case

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A Bloomington man accused of torturing his girlfriend and holding her against her will in January was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Wednesday after accepting a plea offer.

Meontay Wheeler, 23, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated battery by torturing a woman during an incident on Jan. 21 in Bloomington. Charges state Wheeler caused “extensive bruising, lacerations and burns” to the victim.

In a victim impact statement presented in court by prosecutor Mary Koll, the victim wished Wheeler well and said she has forgiven him.

At the time of the dispute, Wheeler was on bond for domestic battery involving the same woman.

A statement of facts filed with charges said Wheeler trapped the woman in her residence for days. Police were alerted to the situation by Wheeler’s mother. For 48 hours, Wheeler threatened to kill the woman, according to the statement.

Injuries were the result of beatings with “fists, cords and a hair iron,” said authorities.

“He held a knife against her stomach and pulled out large chunks of her hair,” according to the statement.

The plea agreement with the state includes the dismissal of two counts of aggravated domestic battery.

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Edith began her career as a reporter with The DeWitt County Observer, a weekly newspaper in Clinton. From 2007 to June 2019, Edith covered crime and legal issues for The Pantagraph, a daily newspaper in Bloomington, Illinois. She previously worked as a correspondent for The Pantagraph covering courts and local government issues in central Illinois.
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