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Man calls kidnappers who tortured him at Cedar Rapids motel 'animals'

21-year-old woman sentenced to 15 years in prison

Kaylie Ulferts and Malik Muhammad
Kaylie Ulferts and Malik Muhammad

CEDAR RAPIDS — A man stated two “animals,” who were not “humans,” changed his life forever after tying him up and repeatedly burning him with a clothes iron.

“All for $60,” Terry Doyle, 57, said in a victim impact statement read in Linn County District Court at the Friday plea and sentencing of Kaylie Ulferts, 21, of Cedar Rapids.

Doyle said he was held at gunpoint by Ulferts and Malik Muhammad, 21, of Cedar Rapids, who will plead at a later date.

Doyle said ins the statement — read by a victim/witness coordinator — that he feared for his life, as Muhammad held a gun to his head and Doyle heard the trigger click, before Muhammad said he was going to shoot him in the leg, using a pillow to muffle the sound.

Doyle said he hasn’t felt safe since the incident.

Ulferts pleaded guilty to third-degree kidnapping and assault while participating in a felony while using a firearm.

During the plea, she admitted to confining Doyle in a motel room at the Econo Lodge, 633 33rd Ave. SW, on Feb. 7. She admitted to pointing a gun at Doyle during the kidnapping.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Chad Kepros sentenced Ulferts, who asked for immediate sentencing, to 15 years in prison, running the two sentences — for 10 and for 5 years — consecutively.

Ulferts must serve a mandatory five years before being eligible for parole, Kepros said.

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Muhammad is accused of using the iron to burn Doyle until he gave up the PIN number to his debit cards.

Court documents showed Doyle went to the motel to meet someone he had been communicating with through a website and text messages.

When Doyle entered the motel room, police said Muhammad pointed a gun at him and told him to lie down on a bed. The man was bound with a belt and duct tape and gagged with a pillowcase, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said Muhammad then tortured Doyle by burning his leg, groin area and both hands with a hot iron while demanding his PIN numbers.

Doyle was robbed of the cash he was carrying, as well as his debit cards, according to court documents.

Muhammad was captured on security video using Doyle’s debit cards at a nearby convenience store and his fingerprints were found on the duct tape used to bind the victim, police said.

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