A Spellbinding Story Begins With a Woman’s Confession, Ends With a Surprising Conviction.
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Even after his family testified how they fear him, loathe him and have disowned him, Richard W. Hamlin, the former Sacramento prosecutor and defense attorney convicted of torturing his wife and abusing his children, shook his head in denial as he was sentenced Friday to life in prison. Hamlin was convicted in January of torturing his wife by punching her, stabbing her with writing pens, cutting her with a sword and pistol-whipping her over a nine-month period beginning in June of 2003 and ending Feb. 28, 2004, with his arrest in El Dorado County. In a bizarre scheme involving mind-control, satanic cults, child molestation and extortion, Hamlin turned his children against their mother telling them she was evil and that he had to beat the demons out of her.
An El Dorado Superior Court jury on Tuesday convicted Sacramento defense attorney Richard W. Hamlin of torture, the most serious of 18 felony counts of against him. But the jury delivered mixed verdicts on the remaining 17 counts of spousal abuse, assault and child endangerment. On the ninth day of deliberations, the jury of eight women and four men found Hamlin guilty of eight charges, including torture, spousal abuse and child endangerment; they found him not guilty of seven counts, including false imprisonment, making death threats and assault; and they were deadlocked on three charges of assault, making death threats
The ex-prosecutor is charged with beating, terrorizing his wife. Veteran Sacramento defense attorney Richard William Hamlin is about to embark upon the most important trial of his 17-year legal career. “I’ve trained all my life for one case, and this is it,” the 44-year-old Hamlin said while sitting in the El Dorado County jail after his arrest last year on domestic violence charges. He has lost custody of his four children, ages 16, 12, 9 and 6; his wife of 20 years has left him; and his million-dollar mansion overlooking Folsom Lake has been sold. If convicted, the former prosecutor
Richard Hamlin pleads not guilty to six felony charges, including torture of his wife. Prominent Sacramento defense attorney Richard William Hamlin has pleaded not guilty in El Dorado Superior Court to six felony charges, including torture and corporal injury to his wife. Hamlin, 43, was arrested Saturday and is being held in El Dorado County jail on $1 million bail. Hamlin was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on one count of torture, one count of discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, two counts of terrorist threats and two counts of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse. Court documents allege that Hamlin