Police Abuse

Former Long Beach Officer Gets 12 Years for Torturing Wife

Six felony counts of corporal injury to a spouse, three counts each of assault with a deadly weapon, among others

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LOS ANGELES — A 30-year-old former Long Beach police officer was sentenced to 12 years and four months in prison today for what a judge called the "physical and psychological torture" of his wife.

Brandon Preciado was convicted Oct. 2 of more than a dozen felonies and a handful of misdemeanors for repeatedly choking, beating and threatening his wife.

The eight-woman, four-man jury, which deliberated for about a day, convicted him of six felony counts of corporal injury to a spouse, three counts each of assault with a deadly weapon and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and one count of criminal threats. He was also convicted of five misdemeanor charges—three counts of assault and two counts of battery. He was acquitted of resisting, obstructing or delaying a law enforcement officer.