KILL DEVIL HILLS -- A Kill Devil Hills man will spend at least 26 years in prison for sexually assaulting his girlfriend in 2012.
Christopher McCormack was charged with attempted first degree murder, first degree kidnapping, first degree sexual offense and assault inflicting serious bodily injury. On February 24, a plea agreement was reached and McCormack pleaded guilty to the sex offense, the other charges were dropped and he was given a minimum sentence of 26 years in prison.
WARNING:Details below are graphic in nature
In a press release, the Kill Devil Hills Police Department released the following details from the attack:
On June 2, McCormack picked his girlfriend up from a party. In an apparent jealous rage, he began to punch her while he drove down US 158. He stopped near the entrance of Nags Head Woods, yanked her out of the car, then forced her into the trunk.
When the car stopped next, Alexis was snatched out of the trunk. She tried to escape, but McCormack dragged her to a gated cemetery and threw her down on a tombstone. He told her to get used to it because 'in about 15 minutes, that's where you'll be.'
McCormack launched another brutal assault on Alexis, repeatedly punching, kicking, and stomping her.
She said McCormack told her that, 'Today is the day you're dying. Since I went this far, I have to kill you.'
McCormack sexually assaulted her. Afterwards he put her in the back seat of the car and told her to keep her head down so nobody would see her.
Evidence would later show that McCormack drove to a nearby car wash to clean the blood off the exterior portions of the car before driving back to the Sea Breeze Condos.
McCormack beat his girlfriend so badly, people who knew her didn't recognize her.
Neighbors and friends contacted 911.
The woman suffered broken bones, scarring cuts to her face, painful swelling and partial blindness in one eye. Nightmares about the incident continue to plague her.
If you or anyone you know are in a violent relationship, you are encouraged to seek help. You can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799- SAFE.