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Family Believes Man Convicted In Torture Case Has Connection To Charleston Mother's Disappearance

Reported: Apr. 9, 2014 2:20 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 9, 2014 6:41 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin) -- Emotions run high in a Kanawha County courtroom as the man at the center of a kidnapping and torture case learns his fate. Now, the family of a missing Charleston woman thinks he could be involved in the high profile disappearance of their loved one.

A jury found Joey Jeffrey guilty of kidnapping, malicious wounding, robbery and assault in February. In a case with sordid, shocking and sometimes hard to comprehend details, a night of torture for a Kanawha County woman has raised concerns that Jeffrey could be connected to the disappearance of Melanie Metheny.

"He's evil, he's wicked and my kid did not deserve this," said Danessa Brisendine, mother of victim LeAnne Quinn. Quinn did not appear at Jeffrey's hearing because prosecutors told a judge she was too terrified of Jeffrey.

"You coward," Brisendine said when she was given a chance to address Jeffrey.

Jeffrey abducted, beat, and tortured Quinn because prosecutors say he thought she stole drugs from him. He injected her with a needle he told her was filled with brake fluid, shocked her with an electric cord, and drove her to an isolated area where he dumped her and threatened to kill her.

"A person like that should never see the light of day," Kanawha County Assistant Prosecutor Tera Salango said.

Judge Tod Kauffman sentenced Jeffrey to the max on all charges, meaning he'll be eligible for parole in 24 years but he could spend life in prison because kidnapping is a capital offense.

"I did not do the things that I have been accused of," Jeffrey said to the judge.

As justice comes to one family, another sat in the courtroom, hoping their day is coming.

"It will be eight years in July. But see he brought this up, 6 1/2 years later. He said it himself," Sandra Metheny said after the hearing. She's talking about her missing granddaughter, Melanie Metheny. The mother of three disappeared after dropping her kids off at a daycare in Belle. In a twist in the Quinn case, Jeffrey's co-defendant Cindy Creathers, dropped a courtroom bombshell last year when she testified that Jeffrey told Quinn he was going to "put her in the same hole he put Melanie Metheny in."

Sandra Metheny believes Jeffrey could be the key to finding out what happened to her granddaughter.

"I want somebody out there that's going to do something about the case. Instead of running around in a bunch of circles and calling people on the phone, you gotta get out there and get it in her face," Sandra Metheny said.

With an end to one case, the Metheny family is hoping this is the beginning of another.

"Now that Mr. Jeffrey is going to be incarcerated, probably for the rest of his life, I hope that if there is anyone out there with information that they're no longer afraid of him and they will come forward and speak about it," Salango said.

Jeffrey's attorney blamed his drug use, lack of education, and poor upbringing on his actions. Jeffrey has several other violent crimes on his record including killing puppies, and bashing a woman's head on a bathtub.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin, Jeff Morris) – A Kanawha County man has received the maximum sentence in a brutal kidnapping and beating.

Joey Jeffrey was sentenced Wednesday to 24 years to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 24 years.

Prosecutors said Jeffrey beat, stabbed, and tortured Leanne Quinn before taking her to an isolated area where she testified she was in fear for her life. Prosecutors said Jeffrey thought Quinn had stolen drugs and other items from him when the incident happened on Dec. 7, 2012

Jeffrey had been convicted of kidnapping, second-degree robbery, malicious wounding and assault during commission of felony.

In court on Wednesday, prosecutors pushed for the maximum sentence.

"He wanted to brutally torture and beat this woman because he beloved she had stolen drugs from him," assistant prosecutor Tera Salango said.

Salango said Jeffrey’s "only intent was to torture Ms. Quinn." Jeffrey plugged an electrical cord in outlet and stuck it down the victim’s pants to shock her.

Jeffrey's attorney calls his client "an addict."

"As the jury has already told you, Mr. Jeffrey is worthy of your mercy," defense attorney Shawn Bayliss said.

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