South Riding man sentenced to eight years for torturing live-in girlfriend
A South Riding man charged with torturing his live-in girlfriend for hours will serve eight years in prison.
Judge Burke F. McCahill handed down a sentence Thursday to Thomas Wesley Kufeld, 40, on one count of malicious wounding and one count of strangulation.
In late October 2012, Kufeld subjected his then live-in girlfriend to hours of physical, emotional and psychological torture, according to the Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney's Office.
Kufeld, authorities said, had been drinking earlier in the evening and became angry with his girlfriend for talking on the phone.
He subsequently grabbed her by her neck and pushed her against a wall, strangling her with his hands. Over the course of the next several hours Kufeld repeatedly assaulted the woman telling her that she “was going to die.”
At one point during the assault reports said the girlfriend lost consciousness and when she awoke Kufeld was sitting on her chest inhibiting her breathing.
As a result of the assault the victim suffered severe bruising, lacerations and bite marks to her neck, arms, hands, and face.
Kufeld pleaded guilty on Jan. 28. His prior criminal history includes convictions for domestic assault and driving while intoxicated, according to the Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney's Office.
Prior to imposing a sentence McCahill addressed Kufeld directly, telling him that the word malicious aptly described his conduct, and that the defendant’s claim of having no recollection of the events that occurred on that night was not credible.
McCahill went on to say that Kufeld “took advantage of an individual who in theory he was in love with,” and exerted a high level of control and domination over her for a sustained period resulting in a “high level of brutality and torture.”
In addition eight years in prison, McCahill handed down an additional 12 years of suspended time, ordered Kufeld to complete a Batterers Program, and have no contact with the victim.
Upon his release from prison, Kufeld will be placed on supervised probation 10 years.