(Milan, Ind.) - A Milan man faces more than 50 years in prison after a Tennessee jury convicts him of Aggravated Kidnapping and Resisting Arrest.
Ernest H. Pyle was convicted after a two-day trial in Sevier County, Tennessee last week, The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports.
The 47-year-old was on the run from criminal charges he faced in Indiana when he held his girlfriend left the state and stopped in Pigeon Forgein February of 2010. When his girlfriend wanted to return home, Pyle held her against her will in a hotel room and raped her for five days.
Pyle handcuffed the 30-year-old woman, raped her and threatened her life with various tools he purchased, including a hammer, pliers and a drop cloth, District Attorney General James B. Dunn told the newspaper. Eventually, the victim escaped the hotel room and sought help.
Pyle faces up to 51 years in prison when he is sentenced January 23, 2013.
At the time of his arrest in Tennessee, Pyle was wanted on a warrant out of Ripley County for various marijuana charges. He had allegedly been arrested for growing marijuana plants in his home February 3, 2010, but had bonded out of jail when he fled the state.