KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville man was found guilty Thursday of kidnapping and beating a man he believed was having an affair with his wife.
Nehad Sobhi Abdelnabi, 52, was convicted of especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault, according to Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen. Upon his conviction, Judge Steve Sword revoked bond and ordered Abdelnabi into custody.
During a four day trial, prosecutors said on February 1, 2012, Abdelnabi tied the victim to a chair with duct tape and beat him with a baseball bat and wooden board in an attempt to elicit a confession from the victim that he was having an affair with Abdelnabi’s wife.
Prosecutors say the victim never confessed because he was not having an affair with Abdelnabi’s wife and he was eventually released. The victim suffered a brain bleed, broken wrist, broken ankle, lacerations to his hands and face requiring stitching and many bruises.
Abdelnabi is scheduled for sentencing on March 3. Especially aggravated kidnapping carries a sentence of 15 to 25 years in prison. Aggravated kidnapping carries a sentence of eight to 12 years and aggravated assault carries a punishment of three to six years. Prosecutors say they will seek an enhanced sentence due to the violent nature of the crime.