James William Woolley/ (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)
A former lawyer who was convicted for several crimes including his involvement in a threat to cut off a man’s penis with bolt cutters was reportedly sentenced to prison on Thursday.
James William Woolley, 52, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for each count of first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping, and attempted murder — all charges which he was found guilty of last month, AL.com reported.
According to court records and evidence revealed at trial, the victim was at his East Lake home on Jan. 25, 2016, when a woman he knew named Kimberly Murphy came over and asked him to come to her nearby house. The victim walked to her home, because he needed to get his piercing kit that he had left there.
When he got to Murphy’s home, the victim said he was told his kit was in the basement. He walked down the basement stairs and illuminated the room, when he saw Woolley and another man–later identified as Monique Antoine Roscoe–standing in the basement in hazmat suits. Information in trial showed those outfits could have also been painters suits, or possibly a chicken suit.
The victim reportedly said he was threatened with a gun and coerced into a chair, situated in an area of the basement that was surrounded by tools. He told authorities he was being probed about a $60 debt and Woolley hit him over the head with a machete.
After that, the victim said Woolley threatened him with bolt cutters, asking him which finger he wanted removed, according to AL.com.
Despite claiming multiple times to not have any information about the money, Birmingham police said Woolley placed the tool to the victim’s penis “in an attempt to, or a threat to, remove it,” Birmingham police said.
The victim was ultimately able to break free from the situation, the outlet reported, but as he did, he was shot at twice by Roscoe.
After pleading guilty to first-degree robbery and second-degree attempted assault, Roscoe was sentenced to 20 years behind bars, AL.com reported.
Murphy, the woman known to the victim, reportedly pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery.
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