A truck driver who held his ex-girlfriend hostage while he raped her and took video images of the assaults on a trip from Boston to South Florida has been convicted of kidnapping and domestic violence.
Timothy “Vinny” Miers, 47, now faces up to life in prison on the kidnapping offense and 10 years on the interstate domestic violence charge.
In the first case of its kind, trial evidence revealed the 40-year-old ex-girlfriend feared so much for her life that she jumped out of the window of Miers' 18-wheeler at a truck stop in Medley last August.
FBI agents discovered that Miers used his iPhone to take a video of the victim, held captive in the truck's cabin, during the 10-day trip while he sexually assaulted and battered her.
“During that video, Miers announced his intention to subject her to a life of sexual slavery and daily beatings,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami. “Miers stated to the victim that he had beaten and killed other women previously.
Other women, including Miers’ ex-wife, testified during last week's trial in Miami federal court about his prior acts of sexual violence against them.
It was also disclosed at trial that another ex-girlfriend who shared an apartment with Miers in Hillsborough County was reported missing after her blood was found in the bathroom. The case is under investigation by the sheriff’s office.