Crime & Courts

Wonder Lake man gets 7 years in 2016 battery, rape

Man reportedly told victim's son, 'It's OK to hit women'

Bohdan Y. Ostryzniuk
Bohdan Y. Ostryzniuk

WOODSTOCK – A Wonder Lake man will spend the next seven years in prison for beating and raping a woman he previously had a relationship with and allowing her son to witness some of the violence.

McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather called 38-year-old Bohdan Ostryzniuk’s actions “heartless, cruel and humiliating,” before handing down his sentence Wednesday.

Ostryzniuk previously pleaded guilty to criminal sexual assault and domestic battery in connection with the attack that occurred Nov. 16, 2016.

According to an order of protection filed in McHenry County court, Ostryzniuk repeatedly punched the woman in the face before forcing her to engage in a sexual act and raping her. He reportedly told the victim’s son, who witnessed some of the abuse, “It’s OK to hit women,” according to the order.

“Bohdan is an extremely dangerous criminal,” the victim wrote in a statement that was read aloud in court.

The woman said in the order of protection that she didn’t think she would make it out of the assault alive, and she begged Ostryzniuk to stop.

“Bohdan was trying to get into one of the kitchen drawers that we keep the knives in. I believed he was trying to grab a knife out of the drawer to kill me,” she wrote. “I begged him for my life. I thought I was going to die that night.”

Ostryzniuk’s public defender, Angelo Mourelatos, asked Prather for the minimum four-year sentence, adding that the man has been a “model detainee” and was unlikely to reoffend, but Prather ordered Ostryzniuk to serve more time.

“It was heartless. It was cruel,” Prather said in court Wednesday. “It was humiliating, and what makes it even worse is that the act was committed in front of [a child].”

Ostryzniuk is required to serve 85 percent of his prison sentence, followed by a minimum three years of parole.

In court Wednesday, Ostryzniuk cried through his apology, and asked the woman for forgiveness.

“You did not deserve this,” he said.

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