By Tiffany Williams –
At the United States District Court in Springfield, U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni on Friday, May 14, 2021 sentenced Sunil K. Akula, 32, of Texas to 56 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
In November 2020, Akula pleaded guilty to kidnapping, stalking, obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
In August of 2019, Akula traveled from Texas to Agawam, Mass. to confront his then wife, from whom he was living apart. Akular subsequently assaulted his wife and forced her to leave her apartment and get into a car with him, stating that he was taking her back to Texas.
Akula then drove his wife through multiple states, during which time he again assaulted her, forced her to send a resignation email to her employer, and smashed her laptop and threw it on the side of the highway. Akula stopped at a Knox County, Tenn. hotel, where he again beat his wife. Akula later opened the door to leave the hotel room and was arrested by local law enforcement.
While in custody, Akula made phone calls to family in India instructing them to contact his wife’s father to convince her to withdraw her statements to law enforcement.