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Man Faces Life Sentence for 2-Day Kidnapping

NASHVILLE (CN) - A Tennessee man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a two-day ordeal in which prosecutors say he kidnapped and repeatedly raped a woman after binding her friend with duct tape.

Douglas Davis of Crossville, Tenn., admitted that he visited two friends on Oct. 2, 2014, and made the female friend restrain the male friend with duct tape before raping her, according to Middle Tennessee U.S. Attorney David Rivera.

He was armed with a handgun and left the man bound in the bathroom before forcing the woman to engage in sex acts, Rivera said.

Davis then took $50 from the man's wallet, assaulted him and eventually forced the woman into the man's car, according to prosecutors.

He allegedly abandoned the stolen car in a remote location in Hardin County, Ky., before raping the female victim in a wooded area.

She was raped by Davis again in Bullitt County, Ky., and once again at an unknown location, Rivera said.

On Oct. 4, 2014, police found Davis and the woman hiding behind a dumpster at a gas station in Lebanon Junction, Ky.

Davis was arrested, and he told police that "that he had been in love with the victim since he first met her and that he had planned on releasing her and committing suicide," according to Rivera.

Davis, 45, pleaded guilty Thursday to kidnapping, transportation of a stolen vehicle, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and using a firearm during a violent crime.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 25, and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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