Attorneys reach plea deal for man accused of chaining woman
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys have agreed to a plea deal in the case of a Colorado man accused of keeping a woman chained in his basement and treating her as a sex slave over the course of several months.
The Daily Sentinel reports that Claude Lee Wilkerson pleaded guilty on Tuesday to counts of second-degree assault and false imprisonment. The deal calls for six years in prison and three years on parole.
Wilkerson’s attorney, Dan Shaffer, said that both parties agreed to avoid trial, but he declined to comment further.
Wilkerson was arrested in February 2016 after sheriff’s deputies visited his home and found a woman who asked officers to arrest her on an outstanding warrant.
Wilkerson had also been on death row in Texas before he was released in 1983 on a court of appeals decision.
Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com