A Shenandoah County man was sentenced Friday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court after entering into a plea agreement to a 2018 assault in which he is alleged to have tried to wrap the victim in a burning blanket.
Shenandoah County authorities charged Shane Wesley Sisk, who had no fixed address at the time of his arrest, in January 2018 alleging he attacked and raped a woman and then tried to wrap her up in a burning blanket at her Maurertown home. Sisk was 42 when charged.
Sisk on Friday entered into an Alford plea, which allows him to maintain his innocence while acknowledging it is in his best interest to plead guilty, to malicious wounding, strangulation, domestic assault and battery, and to the amended charge of abduction and the amended charge of arson during a felony, according to the plea agreement. The Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office dismissed charges of forcible sodomy, rape, and object sexual penetration, the document states.
He was sentenced to 25 years but pursuant to the agreement he will serve four years and nine months with the rest of the time suspended, according to the plea agreement.
Sisk was ordered to have no contact with the victim.
In the early morning hours of a Saturday in January 2018, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence for a report of an assault. The victim told deputies that Sisk forced entry into her home at approximately 11 p.m. Friday, according to a complaint. The suspect committed sex acts on the woman against her will, the complaint notes.
At one point in the bedroom, Sisk used a lighter to set a blanket on fire, the complaint states, and he tried to wrap the victim in the burning blanket.