Crime

Alex Anselmo: Man Sentenced For Brutally Raping, Torturing His Ex-Girlfriend

| by Meg O'Connor
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Alex Anselmo, 31, has been sentenced to 75 years to life in prison for raping and torturing his ex-girlfriend over a period of three days.

Anselmo was sentenced on Oct. 1 for 17 different charges, including first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape, first-degree burglary, and aggravated criminal contempt, according to the New York Daily News.

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On April 1, 2013, Anselmo forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn after discovering via Facebook that she was going to move to Florida to be with her new boyfriend, according to The Daily Mail.

Anselmo held the woman -- with whom he has two children -- captive for three days by handcuffing her to the bed, NBC New York reported. 

During that time, he beat her with an electrical cord, shaved off all her hair, stabbed her, gagged her with a sock, threatened to shoot her in the leg with his gun, severed the tendon’s of her feet so she could not escape, bashed her legs with a ten pound dumbbell, and raped and sodomized her up to four times.

All of this occurred while the ex-couple's 2-year-old daughter was in the other room.

Anselmo also searched online for how many Xanax pills it takes to kill someone and how to sterilize a woman, according to the Brooklyn district attorney on the case.

A concerned neighbor listened through the door of the victim's apartment on April 3 and heard the cock of a gun, according to NBC New York. The neighbor then called police, who rescued the woman.

Sources: NY Daily News, Daily Mail, NBC New York

Photo credit: police photo