Man to be sentenced in kidnappings, assaults

July 22, 2009 8:17:31 AM PDT
A central Wisconsin paper mill worker convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting two young men he held captive in chains at his home will be sentenced Wednesday. Forty-seven-year-old Ed Lanphear faces up to 130 years in prison and 70 years of extended supervision after he pleaded no contest to four felonies in a plea deal that dropped nine other felonies.

Lanphear abducted the men in Wisconsin Rapids in separate incidents last July. Prosecutors say Lanphear preyed on young men who had been drinking and at least once posed as a police officer.

The victims say they were handcuffed, blindfolded, taken to Lanphear's rural home and bound in chains. One escaped naked and ran to a neighbor's house where police were called.


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