Man Gets Life for Torturing Ex-Girlfriend

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A jury in Fort Worth has ordered life in prison for a man convicted of snatching his ex-girlfriend and using a blowtorch and drain cleaner on her.

Forty-four-year-old Robert Drew Stephenson earlier yesterday was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and retaliation.

Stephenson was arrested last April after a 42-year-old Fort Worth woman told police he'd beaten, raped and tortured her during the 19 days he held her captive.

The woman said Stephenson hung her by her feet from a rafter, burned her back with a blowtorch, then poured drain cleaner on her.

Stephenson testified the woman's injuries were accidents – and the couple had a "volatile" relationship.