Joshua Paul Hanke sentenced to 15 years in prison

    3:23 PM, Mar 12, 2010   |    comments
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    Joshua Paul Hanke, 25, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, sexual assault in the second degree and terroristic threatening in the first degree. On top of his sentence, he will also be required to register as a sex offender.

    Hanke is guilty of taking his estranged wife to a wooded area off of Fairplay Road in Saline County, dragging her by her hair from his truck into the woods. His wife managed to call 911 from her cell phone and was able to tell the dispatcher that she was somewhere off of Fairplay Road before her battery went dead.

    When Hanke found out she had called 911, he took her cell phone and smashed it and then dragged her to a man made hole that he referred to as her "grave" and sexually assaulted her. Law enforcement officials found Hanke's truck near a newly developed subdivision off of Fairplay Road and as they were looking for the victim.

    She and Hanke emerged from the woods both naked from the waste down. Hanke was apprehended but was able to free himself and run from law enforcement officials. He was later apprehended at the home of his father, Saline County Justice of the Peace Kim Hanke. The victim was taken to the hospital where she underwent treatment for her injuries and a sexual assault examination.

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