Buffalo, NY – It appears as though justice is being served.
A Buffalo man convicted of torturing his girlfriend by repeatedly whipping, burning and strangling her has been sentenced to 70 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Kaiden Haynes, 28, was sentenced Thursday via video conferencing after being convicted in March for what a prosecutor called “unspeakable violence” he doled out to a Buffalo woman and her son after moving into their apartment in March 2018.
The abuse of the woman and child started two months after having moved in.
According to Erie County District Attorney, John Flynn, this is when Haynes started beating, whipping, and strangling the woman.
Haynes, 28, hit the woman with a broom and a shovel, cut her with a knife, whipped and choked her with an HDMI cable and burned her with rubbing alcohol and disinfectant spray, prosecutors said. He also hit the boy with the handle of a refrigerator.
Sometimes, he made the woman hit her son with various objects. Sometimes, he made her son hit her, prosecutors said. The abuse happened over a 10-month period between March 2018 and January 2019, when he was arrested, prosecutors said.
New York State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Haendiges said the brutality as described in court was ‘shockingly evil’ and ‘twisted’.
“I have never seen a case as egregious as this one,” said prosecutor Holly Tucker who said the abuse happened over a ten month period between March 2018 and January 2019, before Haynes was finally arrested.
Tucker, a prosecutor for 22 years, heads the Domestic Violence Bureau at the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
She called Haynes “a monster,” and asked the judge to impose the maximum-allowable sentence and for him to serve the prison sentences for each charge separately rather than concurrently.
In describing the reasoning for the lengthy sentence, Judge Haendiges cited the ‘tremendous grief and suffering’ of both victims along with Haynes’ lack of remorse.
Haendiges also made clear that she wanted to make sure Haynes ‘won’t have the opportunity to prey on or torture anyone ever again.’
Both victims testified in court in what Judge Haendiges described as “incredible courage.” She further admitted admitted to being amazed that the victims were able to escape “this pattern of torture” and “not end up dead.”
Haynes was found guilty by a jury of all 11 felony and three misdemeanor charges in a trial that lasted two weeks.
Robert Cutting, who with Emily Trott served as Haynes’ defense attorneys, said that before the trial began the parties discussed the possibility of a plea agreement under which Haynes would plead guilty to the first-degree assault charge and the judge would agree to cap a prison term at 22 years. Haynes declined the offer, Cutting said.
Haynes was sentenced as a two-time violent felony offender to 25 years on the first-degree assault conviction with 10 consecutive seven-year sentences starting concurrently with the first-degree assault conviction.
In addition to the prison sentence, the judge also issued an order of protection barring contact between Haynes and the victims until Jan. 23, 2097.
During his sentencing on Thursday, Haynes pleaded guilty to a harassment charge stemming from an April incident in the Holding Center in which he threw urine at a jail deputy. He was initially charged with a felony. Prosecutors agreed to lower the charge to a misdemeanor and Haynes pleaded guilty to the harassment violation.
“Pure evil in the flesh”: Sheriff says well-known felon ‘massacred’ three fishing buddies in Florida
Polk County, Florida – Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd recently announced that three people have been taken into custody regarding the brutal murder of three friends who ventured out for a fishing trip on July 17th. The sheriff noted that the three people arrested were taken into custody on July 22nd.
— Jesse Lee Peterson (@JLPtalk) July 22, 2020
When speaking about the case, Sheriff Judd stated the following about the three arrested:
“We have locked up the three people responsible for the murders of these guys.”
The three arrestees were cited as 26-year-old Tony “TJ” Wiggins, 27-year-old Mary Whittemore and 21-year-old William “Robert” Wiggins.
The two Wiggins were cited as being brother, with Tony having been said to be the ringleader in the gruesome murders 23-year-old Damion Tillman, 27-year-old Brandon Rollins and 30-year-old Kevin Springfield. Sheriff Judd referred to Tony as being “pure evil in flesh,” and the suspect in custody totes 15 prior convictions, 230 felony criminal charges historically, and has served two terms in prison previously.
The woman among the group, Whittemore, is said to be the girlfriend of Tony.
Tony has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. The younger brother, William, was charged with tampering with evidence and accessory. As for Whittemore, she was charged with accessory after the fact of capital felony.
Police say that after the ruthless killing of the three friends at the lake, the three suspects drove to a local McDonald’s and ordered 10 cheeseburgers and two chicken sandwiches – like as if a triple murder hadn’t just occurred.
William Wiggins was said to have then taken the truck the trio were in at the lake to the car wash the following day to wash the clay off and make it so it didn’t appear to have been at the lake.
Sheriff Judd thinks that the events that led up to the triple murder might have something to do with Tony Wiggins believing someone’s had tampered with his truck:
“The only conflict we see is this- ‘Where’s my truck? I heard you stole the engine out of my truck.”
The investigation is still ongoing, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
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Law Enforcement Today recently reported on this case as it was developing, here’s the original report from earlier this month.
Three men were murdered at a lake where they were planning to fish, and the local sheriff described the scene as a “massacre.”
On July 17th, Brandon Rollins, 27, Kevin Springfield, 30, and Damion Tillman, 23, went to a local lake for night fishing, and one or more individuals fatally beat and shot the friends, according to USA Today.
Sheriff Grady Judd is calling the “massacre” of three young men during a fishing trip one of the worst murder scenes he’s witnessed in his career:
“It’s about as far out in the middle of the woods as you can get. It’s a peaceful area. There’s a beautiful lake where three very close friends were going fishing last night.”
Judd said Damion was the first to arrive at the lake, and investigators believe he was murdered as soon as he arrived by one or more individuals.
This case in #Florida is so disturbing. The grisly deaths of 3 friends has the Polk Co. Sheriff saying it's one of the worst murder scenes he's ever seen. Click ↓↓↓ to hear what he says & click here >>> https://t.co/RQCnpmlKuC to read about the murders. https://t.co/w96069PwtW
— Daniel Jovic (@DanJovicNews) July 21, 2020
As Tillman was being murdered, Rollins and Springfield arrived in a separate vehicle, and detectives believe they were killed immediately in a shooting:
“Here’s what the murderers didn’t count on,” Judd said. “One of our victims, Brandon Rollins, was able to call his father and say, ‘help.’”
Judd said Rollins’ father knew his son was fishing with his two friends and drove to the lake after answering the call.
Here is today's update on the Murder of the 3 Florida Fishermen. The reward is up to 30K right now but watch the video for more information.https://t.co/D02qUGqFkK
— Turbo Buzz (@BHOAdventures) July 20, 2020
Upon arriving at the scene, Rollins’ father found his son barely alive and his two friends dead.
Judd said Rollins was able to say a few things to his dad before he died, which the sheriff’s office didn’t release at the morning briefing.
The sheriff also would not say whether the murders were targeted or random.
“One or more murderers that killed three people in a little country community,” he continued. “A very safe, very quiet community. Murdered them while they were on their way to go catfishing last night.”
— Buzzybuzz (@Buzzybuzz3) July 21, 2020
Describing the “quiet, quaint” community surrounded by groves, forest and cattle ranches, Judd said the murder scene area was deep into the woods.
“This is a horrific scene. I have been to a lot of murder scenes in my life and this ranks up with the worst of them,” Judd said. “They were viciously murdered.”
Rollins’ girlfriend, Jessica Steenson, demanded justice:
“I want justice for him and I will not stop until he gets it.”
Judd said there is a $30,000 reward for anyone who has information that leads to the arrest of the murderer(s) in the case. Few details are being released at this point of the investigation, but anyone with information about the killings is urged to contact Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863-298-6200.
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