BUFFALO (WKBW) Two men were convicted on Thursday of kidnapping and torturing a Buffalo man last December, allegedly over a drug debt. And all of it was videotaped, with that video now released by the District Attorney to make a point with the public.
According to Frank Sedita, 24 year old Barry Workman was kidnapped, assaulted, and brutally tortured for 17 hours in a Buffalo basement. Part of what happened was recorded on video by one of the defendants in this case.
We warn you that this video, released by the DA's office and edited, is graphic and may be disturbing to some people.
The video shows the victim, already bloody, pleading with his captors. This allegedly went on for 17 hours, including some extremely graphic methods of torture.
Family members of the victim found the video posted online and reported it to police, who were able to eventually rescue Barry Workman.
On Thursday two of the men involved, 29 year old Stephen Dawson a-k-a "Shooter Steve," and 23 year old Wesley Woods, both of Buffalo, were convicted in court of first degree kidnapping and first degree robbery.
Both men face fifteen years to life in prison. They are scheduled for sentencing on October 8th.
The DA's office tells us the victim is doing significantly better.