A man who the prosecution said put his wife through a “reign of terror” has been sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison after a Jackson County jury found him guilty of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and fourth-degree assault.
Charles Wesley Kincheloe, 26, was sentenced Thursday after a two-day trial earlier this week.
He was acquitted of strangulation, one other count of first-degree rape and two other counts of fourth-degree assault for different alleged attacks spanning a three-year period.
“It was like a reign of terror,” Jackson County Deputy District Attorney David Orr said of the marriage that began in 2012.
Although Kincheloe’s wife suffered repeated attacks and lived in fear, she stayed in the marriage for years because she believed divorce violated her religious beliefs, said Jackson County sheriff’s Detective Jason Penn.
The turning point came when she realized the couple’s two children would be left unprotected with Kincheloe if something happened to her, Penn said.
Penn said the wife never went to police about the abuse she suffered, but she did file a restraining order in court against her husband. Alarming information from the filing was sent to the Oregon Department of Human Services, which contacted the sheriff’s office.
During an investigation, the couple’s young son said his mother would try to intervene when his father was disciplining him, but his father would throw her on the ground and hit her, Penn said.
Almost every door in the house was cracked or off its hinges, holes were punched in the walls and a window was broken from Kincheloe losing his temper, Penn said.
Kincheloe offered competing stories to account for the damage, telling investigators it was caused by homeless people who previously were in the house, but saying in court he caused the damage due to frustrations that didn’t have anything to do with his wife.
Orr said Kincheloe would beat his wife if their baby daughter cried during the night or if the cat woke him up, telling her she wasn’t being respectful of his need for sleep.
Once he didn’t like the steak she made him, so he broke their television. Then he blamed her for making him mad enough to break the television, Orr said.
Although Kincheloe expected his wife — a stay-at-home mother — to do all the domestic chores, he was often unemployed because he would lose jobs, Orr said.
Orr said Kincheloe approached every situation with violence.
“This is his approach and it translates into his sexuality,” Orr said.
During his sentencing hearing, Kincheloe at first declined to offer a statement.
But as Orr made statements about the case to Jackson County Circuit Judge Timothy Barnack, Kincheloe repeatedly interrupted.
Kincheloe called his wife deceitful and manipulative, and said she made up lies about him because he wanted custody of their children.
Kincheloe said Orr’s job as the prosecutor was to side with his wife and demonize him.
“He keeps saying she’s the victim and she’s a survivor, but I’m the victim here,” Kincheloe said.
Kincheloe said he is not a rapist and did not rape his wife.
Orr responded that Kincheloe enjoys violence.
Orr said he listened to a recorded call Kincheloe made from the Jackson County Jail in which he spoke with pride and glee about beating another inmate.
Kincheloe retorted that the inmate was hovering over his bunk threatening him. He said he had to do something to avoid looking like a wuss in front of other inmates.
In sentencing Kincheloe to prison, Barnack said the wife was heroic in finally escaping from the situation on behalf of her children.
“We’re talking about a stick of dynamite,” Barnack said of Kincheloe. “We’re talking about a person who understands how to work every angle.”
Barnack said the wife’s account of what happened was clear, concise and unchanging — proof that she was telling the truth.
“You controlled the situation for so long, and now you’re not in control,” Barnack told Kincheloe.
Defense attorney Christine Kantas Herbert said Kincheloe was removed from his biological parents and grew up in foster care. She said he didn’t have many adults in his life to model appropriate behavior.
Herbert said although Kincheloe took responsibility for some of the assaults, he still maintains the sex with his wife was consensual.
But Orr and Penn said one of the rapes was so violent and painful, the wife was not able to move for a while afterward, then finally went and cried in the bathroom.
In a letter written by the wife that Orr read in court, she said she was in love with Kincheloe, but then he began degrading and belittling her, telling her she was nothing without him.
She wrote Kincheloe treated her like a piece of property rather than a loving companion.
But the wife wrote she now realizes she can make it on her own.
“I have a high degree of admiration for her for living through this,” Orr said.