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February 16. 2013 3:26PM
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WILKES-BARRE – The last of five men convicted of kidnapping and beating a woman in December 2010 was sentenced Friday to 2 ½ to 5 years in state prison.

Young Williams, 40, of Wilkes-Barre, was sentenced on a charge of criminal conspiracy, use of an electronic incapacitation device by Judge Tina Polachek Gartley.

"… You have no idea what you did to me," Joan Rosengrant, the victim in the case, said before Williams' sentencing. "I can't sleep, I won't leave my house, I go nowhere. It's getting worse; it's not getting better."

Prosecutors say Williams, Lee Bernsdorf, Ronald Cottle, Timothy Buckner and Kevin Lewis, all of Wilkes-Barre, were charged after Rosengrant was punched, stunned with a Taser and had boiling water poured on her feet over an 18-hour period on Dec. 30, 2010 into Dec. 31, 2010.

Rosengrant told police she was forced into Bernsdorf's home where the men beat her. Police said the men originally approached Rosengrant about an ex-boyfriend who was incarcerated and allegedly robbed one of the men.

She suffered cuts, burns and a fracture of the bones surrounding her eye as a result of the beating.

"I can't take back what happened," Williams said Friday. "I could have stopped it … and I apologize for that."

Polachek Gartley said the case has been a long road for everyone that has finally ended with Williams' sentencing.

"There was much you could have done to stop this horrific assault," the judge said.

Polachek Gartley said Williams, who has eight children, would want someone to help one of his daughters if they were put in the same position as Rosengrant.

Bernsdorf, Cottle, Buckner and Lewis were sentenced in June on felony charges.

Bernsdorf received three to six months in county prison; Cottle received six to 12 years in county prison; Buckner, four to eight years in state prison; and Lewis, two years, three months to four years, six months in state prison.

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