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Pair who tortured man for 17 hours sentenced

Posted at 1:16 PM, Dec 03, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-28 13:16:52-05

Two men who kidnapped a man and tortured him for 17 hours will each spend 20 years to life in prison.

Wesley Woods, 23, and 29-year-old Stephen Dawson, aka Shooter Steve, were sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of first degree kidnapping and first degree robbery.

On December 28 last year, Woods and Dawson approached 24-year-old Barry Workman near Jewett and Fillmore in Buffalo and robbed him. Prosecutors say the motive for the armed robbery was apparently a drug debt.

After robbing Workman, the men then abducted him and held him in the basement of Woods’ home. For the next 17 hours, Woods and Dawson tortured Workman, pistol-whipping him, pouring gasoline on him, drilling into his teeth with a power drill, and repeatedly putting the barrel of a loaded gun in his mouth. The pair accused Workman of being a police informant.

While torturing Woods, Dawson took video on his cell phone and posted it to Facebook under his “Shooter Steve” moniker. Workman’s family members saw the video and alerted police, who rescued the victim.