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California man accused of waterboarding his wife faces life in prison

May 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
California man accused of waterboarding his wife faces life in prison

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A man in California who pleaded not guilty after he was accused of waterboarding his wife earlier this year could face life behind bars.

Richard David Schlosser, 36, was hit with a slew of charges in January, which included torture, and making criminal threats after he attacked his 65-year-old wife.

The man reportedly “kept her captive in the apartment for hours,” Senior Deputy District Attorney Mark Geller told the L.A. Times. “He waterboarded her.”

Geller said the 36-year-old man held his wife hostage inside their home in January while drunk and high before waterboarding her.

After Schlosser “sobered up,” the woman, whose identity has not revealed, managed to call a friend, who contacted authorities. She was reportedly taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries.

In a request for a restraining order, that was later dropped due to her failure to appear in court; the woman alleged that Schlosser attacked her for six hours from January 5th until January 6th. She claimed that he “punched her — leaving her with a black eye — kicked her, hit her with a candelabra and cut her with scissors.”

Court records indicate that Schlosser choked the woman and shoved a towel down her throat.

Schlosser, who’s set to appear in court in August for a pretrial hearing, has reportedly entered a not guilty plea to one count each of torture, corporal injury on a spouse, false imprisonment and criminal threats.

He could face up to life behind bars if found guilty.

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