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

| by Meg O'Connor

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. 

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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