CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A South Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend and then abducting her.
A jury in Corpus Christi on Wednesday sentenced 37-year-old Matthew Skodzinsky. The Corpus Christi man was convicted of burglary with attempt to commit aggravated assault and burglary with attempt to commit kidnapping.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports prosecutors say Skodzinsky last June broke into the couple's house and began attacking the man. Prosecutors say Skodzinsky told the woman he would stop the beating if she left with him.
Investigators say Skodzinsky then drove with the woman to a hotel and he was paying for the room when she managed to escape.
Jurors also ordered Skodzinsky to pay a $20,000 fine.
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