Local man sentenced in rape, torture of four women

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—An Indianapolis man was sentenced to 100 years in prison in connection with the sexual assaults of four women.

After two days and less than four hours of deliberation, a jury found Quanardel Wells guilty of confining, raping and torturing four prostitutes during the summer of 2009.

In 2010, Wells was convicted for the 2008 sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl, who authorities said was walking home from a friend’s house when Wells abducted her.

“The conviction of Quanardel Wells struck at the very chord that motivates law enforcement to work the difficult cases, sometimes spending years to get the justice every victim deserves,” Prosecutor Terry Curry said. “Deputy Prosecutors Eric Schmadeke and Charnette Garner, along with Victim Advocate Pat Fitzgerald and IMPD Detective Laura Smith, all worked tirelessly to ensure that they collectively put an end to the victimization of women by Quanardel Wells.”

Wells was convicted on all charges against him, including two counts of criminal deviate conduct (Class A felony), one count of rape, two counts of criminal deviate conduct (Class B felony), two counts of criminal confinement and one count of strangulation.

Wells’ 100-year prison sentence will run consecutively to the 80-year sentence he is currently serving for the rape of the teenage girl.