A Shenandoah County man has been sentenced for the 2018 attack on a Maurertown woman.
On Friday, Shane Sisk, 43, entered an Alford plea for his role in breaking into a woman’s home, assaulting her and trying to wrap her in a burning blanket.
Under the plea deal, Sisk was sentenced to 25 years with all but 4 years and 9 months suspended. Several charges were dismissed, including one count of arson and three counts of sexual assault.
“His sentence is actually higher than the midpoint of the guidelines for the crimes he plead guilty to. We would’ve liked a higher sentence,” said assistant Commonwealth Attorney Austin Hovermale. “There were some evidentiary issues. We felt we had strong evidence on some charges. Some of the charges the evidence, the corroborating evidence at least, wasn’t as good.”
Sisk was initially arrested on February 24, 2018 after a woman accused him of breaking into her home the night before.
According to a criminal complaint filed by a Shenandoah County Sheriff’s deputy, Sisk entered the woman’s house on Back Road around 11 p.m., where he proceeded to beat her before sexually assaulting her.
The complaint states the victim attempted to fight off Sisk with a wooden slat, before he lit a blanket on fire and tried to wrap the burning fabric around her.
The woman told investigators that the assault lasted about six hours, ending only when Sisk left the home around 4:50 a.m. on February 24, which is when she called for help.
Sisk was initally charged with domestic assault, forcible sodomy, object penetration, breaking and entering with the intent to defile, strangulation, abduction with intent to defile, malicious wounding, burning of an occupied dwelling, and burning of a dwelling with intent to commit a felony.
Of those charges, Sisk was convicted on an amended charge of abduction, an amended charge of arson during a felony, malicious wounding, and domestic assault and battery.