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Meservey man sentenced to life without parole for kidnapping, torturing woman

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A Meservey man convicted of kidnapping and torturing a woman was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday.

Charles Albright, 42, was found guilty by a jury in Franklin County District Court for two felonies, first-degree kidnapping and willful injury, in July.

The first-degree kidnapping charge carries a prison sentence “for an indeterminate term, not to exceed the rest of the defendant's natural life,” court documents say.

A 36-year-old woman, whom Albright knew, was held against her will in Meservey for 12 to 14 hours in October, court records state, and was punched, cut, shocked and bit repeatedly by a dog. 

The woman suffered electrical burns, sinus damage and an eye injury that caused loss of vision, court records state. An X-ray found broken bones in her face.

Albright's defense attorney James Metcalf said during closing arguments that the man "knows he committed willful injury."

While Metcalf said Albright "lost it" and "went nuts," he argued the man didn't commit first-degree kidnapping. 

Throughout the ordeal, Albright’s dog bit the woman repeatedly, police said. The woman said during her testimony Albright did not sic the dog, a German shepherd, on her but he did not stop the dog from biting her.

During closing arguments in July, Iowa Assistant Attorney General Laura Roan described one threat the woman said Albright made on that day in early October.

“He threatened to bury her in a cornfield up to her neck and let a farmer take her out in his combine,” Roan said, making a chopping motion at her own neck.

Albright was fined $750 and sentenced to five years behind bars for the willful injury conviction.

Albright is facing an additional felony charge of unauthorized possession of an offensive weapon in Cerro Gordo County.

Albright is accused of having "a bomb, explosive or combination of such parts comprising an offense weapon" on Oct. 7, 2016, according to trial information.

His jury trial is set for Sept. 26.


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