Man who battered woman sentenced to 40 years in prison

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of punching a woman, hitting her with a baseball bat and burning her has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Dubuque County District Court records say 44-year-old Lonnie Vandamme Jr. was sentenced Wednesday. He'd pleaded guilty to kidnapping, willful injury and domestic abuse.

Court records say the woman told police the beatings occurred at his apartment in March after they argued. She said he also menaced her with a knife and threatened to kill her. The records say she suffered burns, a broken eye socket, a broken rib and severe body bruising.