Man gets 25-year prison sentence for forcing girlfriend to have sex with his friends
A Holt man who forced his girlfriend to stay in a hotel room naked and have sex with his friends will spend a minimum of 25 years in prison.
A man has been sentenced to at least 25 years in jail after he allegedly held his girlfriend captive in a Michigan hotel room and forced her to engage in sexual intercourse with his friends.
The Lansing State Journal reported that 48-year-old Alphonso Russell told his girlfriend that they would have to stay at a hotel in Lansing for a month after his violent landlord made him fear for her safety at his Holt residence, according to the anonymous woman's testimony during Russell's preliminary hearing.
She said that although they initially had consensual sex - an integral part of their "magical" relationship - things took a turn for the worse very soon.
A woman initially described her relationship with Alphonso Russell as "magical." That quickly changed, she said, when he began to show more aggression toward her and wanted to control everything she did https://t.co/lHDEhitdL5— Lansing State Journal (@LSJNews) July 30, 2018
According to the victim, her boyfriend held her captive in the hotel room and controlled her every move. Russell did not let her leave aside from making runs for food and drink, or to check on her aunt and uncle who were also staying at the said hotel at the time.
Russell would make sure his friends made unannounced visits to the hotel to see that she stayed put. According to her testimony, things took an uglier turn when he started bringing his friends back to the hotel after work and forced her to have sex with them on three or four separate occasions.
When she begged for them to stop, Russell would simply tell her: “Make Daddy proud, baby."
He even forced her to perform oral sex while sitting at his feet and made her engage in rough, non-consensual sex acts.
She further testified that many a time he would choke her so violently that she lost consciousness. “Now you know where a woman’s place is,” Russell told her.
“The only way that I could see it end is that I was going to be a full-fledged [sic] prostitute or I would’ve been left in a body bag,” she testified.
If the woman told Russell she didn't want to go any further, he would simply say, “Too bad."
Prosecutors called three other women, including two of Russell's former wives, as witnesses. According to their respective testimonies, he would repeatedly rape and strangle them during their relationships. The Lansing State Journal reported that Russell already has two previous domestic violence convictions.
According to USA Today, Russell was sentenced Friday after being convicted in April of unlawful imprisonment, domestic violence, criminal sexual conduct, and assault by strangulation in the first-degree. Currently, he is being held at a prison in Michigan, where he would be evaluated for at least two weeks before being shipped off to another state prison.