Target: Judge David Certo of the Marion Superior Court
Goal: Demand that a man who was convicted of drugging and raping his wife be sent to jail
Indiana resident David Wise was sentenced to 20 years in prison for drugging and raping his wife while she slept, yet he will not spend a day in jail. Twelve of the 20 years were suspended and Wise will spend the remaining eight years under house arrest. A Marion County Superior Court judge decided that Wise would be monitored via GPS and could continue to commute to work and other limited travels. The victim, Mandy Boardman, who divorced Wise after discovering his vile actions, said, “I never thought that he would be at home, being able to have the same rights and privileges as I do.” Demand that Wise receive a stricter penalty that more appropriately fits his disgusting crimes.
For nearly three years, Wise had been drugging his wife and raping her while she slept. Boardman said that she remembered feeling sleepy and couldn’t figure out why. She found multiple eye-droppers around the house, often noticed a powdery substance in her drinks and sometimes woke up with a half dissolved pill in her mouth.
Boardman learned of her husband’s actions when she stumbled upon videos of the rapes on his cell phone. When Boardman approached her husband, he emailed her saying, “I was taking advantage of you in your sleep and you kept coming to me and telling me it was NOT okay.”
Even though Wise admitted to his wrongdoing and he was found guilty of six felony counts for drugging his wife, raping her in her sleep, and videotaping the rapes, he will not receive time in prison. Judge Kurt Eisgruber would not explain the reason behind his ruling, but instead told Boardman that she should forgive her husband. This is just one of the many examples of judges being too lenient towards rapists. Demand that the court sentence Wise to a much more severe punishment for his horrific crimes against his wife.
Dear Judge Certo,
Rape is not an issue that should be taken lightly, especially not in a court of law. The case of David Wise is an example of a rapist getting away with his crimes virtually unscathed. Wise repeatedly drugged and raped his wife for nearly three years, regularly videotaping his vile acts, yet he will not spend a day in prison. Instead, he will only be monitored via GPS and free to go to work and live his life.
The punishment given to Wise by Judge Kurt Eisgruber was far too lenient for the crimes that he committed. It greatly contrasts the mandatory minimum sentence, which is five to 10 years for low-level offenses. Wise’s offenses are nowhere near low-level and he needs to be appropriately punished by the court of law.
Please reconsider the sentencing for David Wise in order to show that the Marion Superior Court does not condone this type of behavior. Rape is a serious offense and has been overlooked for far too long with perpetrators not receiving adequate punishment. Those convicted should be taken off the streets so that crime rates decrease and victims can feel secure.
[Your Name Here]
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