Florida state prosecutors are recommending a convicted kidnapper and rapist be chemically castrated as well as sentenced to life in prison.
Elmer Keith Bowman, 47, was convicted Wednesday of kidnapping and raping a Daytona Beach prostitute, who he tied up and tortured in his garage in 2011.
He faces 25 years to life in prison for sexual battery and kidnapping with a deadly weapon. Circuit Judge Carlos E. Mendoza set sentencing in the case for next Tuesday.
State prosecutors are asking that Bowman be given a life sentence as well as chemical castration.
Chemical castration differs from surgical castration in that medication is used to reduce libido. It does not sterilize a person.
In a separate case, Bowman is charged with 23 counts of child pornography.
The 28-year-old victim testified that Bowman pulled up in a white pickup truck on April 11, 2011, and pulled a knife when she got inside.
He made her stand on a stool as he tied her neck and hands to the overhead track of his garage door. She claims he also beat her a belt and a plastic pipe, burned her with a cigarette and attached heavy C-clamps to her breasts.
Bowman held the prostitute captive for at least six hours before he fell asleep and she escaped.