Pair sent to prison for kidnapping, torturing man

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Two men are headed to prison for the next 20 years to life. Wesley Woods, 23, and Stephen Dawson, 29, learned their punishment for kidnapping and torturing a man for 17 hours in a basement, accusing him of being an informant.

The pair punched, kicked and robbed 24-year-old Barry Workman before kidnapping him. A third person who was involved in the crime testified against Woods and Dawson.

Woods, Dawson and the third person accused Workman, who owed a drug debt, of being a police assailant. They beat him, pistol-whipped him, poured gasoline on him, stuck the barrel of a loaded gun in his mouth and drilled into his teeth with a power drill, according to the DA’s Office.

Dawson recorded parts of the incident on his cell phone and posted it on Facebook. The DA’s Office said family members reported it to police, who rescued the victim and arrested the defendants.

News 4 obtained a copy of the video, but will not air it on-air or online because of the graphic and violent nature. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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