PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man from Mount Washington who was convicted for beating and holding his girlfriend hostage is headed to jail.
Peter Baynes, 60, was in court for his sentencing on Thursday morning. He will spend the next 13 to 26 years in prison.
During the sentencing, Baynes said he never meant to bring pain or hurt to his former girlfriend, Anna Gomez.
She was in the courtroom during the proceeding.
“He is a manipulator and he needs to be where he is, to be rehabilitated, and he should not be in society at all,” Gomez told KDKA’s Sarah Arbogast after the sentencing.
Gomez says she finds comfort in the fact that Baynes will be locked up. She’s also happy that she won’t have to face him again in court and relive all those memories.
“It just amazes me when I look at those pictures and I see what I went through, it just doesn’t seem like it was me,” she said.
In April 2011, investigators say Gomez was held hostage for three days inside Baynes’ home on Natchez Street. She suffered broken ribs, countless bruises and was in and out of consciousness.
When police arrived, they said they found a gruesome scene with blood covering the bedroom.
“I’m doing a lot better,” she said. “I still have flashbacks, still in a lot of pain.”
In 1992, Baynes was convicted in two rape cases and of sexual abuse of children.