UPDATE, MAY 18, 10:26 A.M.: A jury Thursday concluded former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Robert McClain was sane when he brutally tortured and sexually assaulted his then-wife and her lover in 2008. On May 10, the same jury convicted the Irvine 34-year-old of aggravated mayhem, torture, forcible oral copulation, attempted sexual
penetration by foreign object by force, spousal rape by force, sodomy by
future threat, false imprisonment, and domestic battery with corporal
Sentencing enhancements for use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a sexual assault, personally
inflicting great bodily injury to more than one victim, personal use of
a deadly weapon, personal use of a firearm, use of a firearm during a
sexual offense, causing great bodily injury to a sexual assault victim,
and causing great bodily injury in the course of domestic violence were also found true.
McClain, who had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, now faces multiple life sentences at a Santa Ana hearing scheduled for July 13.
ORIGINAL POST, MAY 14, 5:26 P.M.: Former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Robert McClain was found guilty in an Orange County courtroom today of brutally torturing and sexually assaulting his then-wife and her lover.
The Irvine 34-year-old, who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, must now face the same jury deciding his sanity.
He could ultimately be sentenced to life in state prison.
McClain held his now ex-wife and her boyfriend captive in September 2008, savagely beating and sexually assaulting both because he was upset over their affair.
Both victims were left badly injured, with the man suffering brain damage that required him to undergo four months
of intense rehabilitation to learn to walk and talk again.
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