Ricky Allen, 39, was convicted Thursday of family violence battery, aggravated battery and false imprisonment after prosecutors presented evidence he beat his wife at their home in 2013. He was acquitted on a kidnapping charge.
Allen’s wife testified at the trial, but denied the seriousness of the attack, according to Kim Isaza, the spokesperson for District Attorney Vic Reynolds.
“Unfortunately, she’s still under his power and control,” said Sherwin K. Figueroa, an assistant DA. “His behavior controls her and makes her do things a normal person would not do. She believed she had to recant or her life would be in danger.”
Figueroa said Allen’s wife has filed for divorce. The couple hasbeen married for 10 years and has five children.
Cobb Superior Court Judge Lark Ingram will sentence Allen at a later date, and he faces a maximum of 30 years. This will be his fourth stint in prison, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. It shows he was last incarcerated from September 2013 to March of this year after being convicted on charges of family violence, cruelty to children and obstructing an officer.
Allen has previously been convicted eight times of abusing his wife, but only one of those convictions was a felony, Isaza said.