MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Middleton man will spend 20 years in prison for kidnapping a woman, raping her, and trying to sell her as a prostitute to others in Milwaukee.
22-year-old Andrew Meinholz was sentenced Wednesday, after he pleaded no contest to charges that included sexual assault, kidnapping, and human trafficking. The incidents took place in the summer of 2010.
Dane County prosecutor Colette Smith called Meinholz “the face of evil,” and she recommended 45 years in prison plus 30 years of extended supervision.
Defense lawyer Jessa Nicholson said Meinholz has numerous mental health issues including attachment disorder, a strong degree of psychopathy, and possible personality disorders.
Circuit Judge Julie Genovese agreed that the defendant’s mental illnesses were a major factor – and she said it would be inhumane for him to spend the rest of his life in prison.
After 20 years, she expects him to permanently go to a treatment facility. The judge said Meinholz needs to be, “supervised in the mental health world, where he belongs.”