An Indianapolis woman says she feels like she has been ‘sucker punched in the gut’ after a judge sentenced her ex-husband, David Wise, 52, to eight years of home detention for drugging, rαping, and filming her in 2008. The victim, Mandy Boardman, is speaking out against what she believes to be injustice. Last month, a jury convicted Wise of one count of rαpe and five counts of criminal deviate conduct — all charges are felonies punishable by six to 20 years in prison.
“During the reading of the sentence, the judge looked at me before he gave the final decision,” Boardman said. “I was told that I needed to forgive my attacker and move on. I received zero justice on Friday [May 16, 2014].” Boardman was married to Wise for 12 years until the couple divorced in 2009. She testified in 2008 that she’d found three sëx videos of her on Wise’s cellphone but didn’t recall sleeping with him or consenting to the videos. She also said that she once woke up with a pill dissolving in her mouth. She placed the video recordings on DVD and went to police with them in 2011.
Although Boardman is disappointed in the judge’s decision, she is not letting it deter her from working with advocacy groups to ensure that what happened to her won’t happen to someone else. “I want to be that person who’ll be strong for other women,” she said. “They cannot be scared that because of the extremely light sentence that was handed down in this case, that it would happen to them as well.”
Wise’s defense attorney, Elizabeth Milliken, told a local newspaper that Wise intends to appeal his conviction. One can only imagine Wise’s fate had he been convicted in Europe. He may have received a much harsher punishment, as the man who refused to “pull out” of his wife did.