OPELOUSAS — A Cankton man originally charged with aggravated second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery, accused of tying his then-wife to a tree after beating her, was convicted instead on two counts of second-degree battery following a trial that ended near midnight Wednesday.
Llynn Jungjohann, 46, did not testify in the trial, during which his former wife testified about a drug- and alcohol-fueled 2012 incident that began at the couple’s mobile home in Cankton, on La. 93 between Sunset and Lafayette.
Jungjohann’s attorney, Kenneth Willis, said in an interview Thursday that the case against his client was a rush to judgment by police, parish law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office.
“I think this case relied on questionable and unsubstantiated evidence,” Willis said.
“On the other hand, the jury did not rush to judgment but painfully considered the facts of evidence and the truth,” he said.
The woman, now 40 and divorced from Jungjohann after 20 years of marriage, testified that the October 2012 incident began with an evening of drinking and drug-taking during which she admitted to her then-husband that she had slept with another man in their home while he had been in jail.
She testified that Jungjohann then raped her twice, first by penetrating her with a rolled-up calendar and then genitally. He later broke a coffee table in pieces and beat her with some of the splintered wood, she claimed.
The next morning, she testified, he tied her to a tree on family property near their trailer and left her there after speeding off in a golf cart.
She said she was able to free one hand, and, later, Jungjohann returned in the golf cart to bring her back to Cankton.
She also testified that at some point he had threatened to blow her head off with a shotgun and threatened to cut her with a knife.
She said she reported the incident to Cankton police and St. Landry Parish sheriff’s deputies — however, deputy Conrad Callegari testified she never mentioned to investigators the alleged rape, the alleged threats with the weapons or the allegation that she had been hit with broken furniture.
Callegari, nevertheless, testified that interviews with hospital personnel and his own visual observations determined there was evidence of rope burns on her wrists and some bruises, but investigators never found the rope.
Alicia Gautreaux, who prosecuted the case, could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Sentencing for Jungjohann by state District Judge Jason Meche is scheduled July 23, following a presentence investigation.
Willis said each second-degree battery charge carries a five-year maximum sentence.