A man convicted of kidnapping a woman at a gas station in Saginaw County will spend decades in prison.
Despite being convicted by a jury of six felonies in May, Jason Cox maintained his innocence.
"I was not there. I was not present. I did not get in a car at the Marathon gas station," Cox said.
But those words fell on deaf ears. Judge Manvel Trice III had heard all the evidence, along with Cox's lengthy criminal history of crimes against women. His last offense came in December when he got into the backseat of a woman's car at a Marathon gas station in St. Charles. Cox kidnapped her and assaulted her.
"He has demonstrated that he has no respect for women, for their rights, for their bodies, or their privacy," Trice said.
The woman was able to escape and Cox was arrested soon after.
On Monday, July 8, the convicted felon learned his fate.
Cox was sentenced to 75 to 115 years in prison after being found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, carjacking, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, and assault with a dangerous weapon in May.
That means Cox will be eligible for parole at the age of 119.
He was also ordered to pay the victim $2,577.36 in restitution.
The victim did not appear in court on Monday, but Assistant Prosecutor Melissa Hoover told the court the victim is afraid to go anywhere after her ordeal with Cox that cold December morning.
Trice was quick to point out the victim in this case, and others like her, are stronger than one could ever imagine.
"What all of these women that you have sexually assaulted Mr. Cox - physically assaulted, mentally assaulted - have in common is that they are not victims. But they are survivors. Survivors. They survived your vicious attacks. Your behavior was vile and insidious. And they were able to survive it all," Trice said.
Cox is planning to appeal his conviction.
For more on our previous coverage of the case, click here.