Wife-beater can't beat rap

The judge's gavel was mightier than this tool.

A man who beat his wife with a hammer in front of their son in South San Francisco three years ago – and then attacked her after making bail on the case and held her hostage  – was sentenced Thursday to 36 years to life in prison.

Raymon McCowan, 49, of American Canyon, was allegedly seen by employees of La Quinta Inn in South City striking his wife of 19 years in the hotel parking lot on Feb. 8, 2010.

“After his arrest and release from custody on bail,” according to prosecutors, McCowan “again attacked the victim in San Frnacisco, kidnapped her at gunpoint and held her hostage until the SWAT team was able to save her.”

Despite the violence, McCowan’s wife denied the abuse to police and went on to testify during the preliminary hearing in her husband’s case that she had been injured after sleeping on some ice, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

But it took a jury only 70 minutes to return guilty verdicts against McCowan, who had previously done prison time for separate convictions of assault with a deadly weapon and pimping and pandering.

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