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North Iowa man who tortured woman sent to prison for life

ROCKWELL, IOWA – A convicted domestic abuser accused of a heinous crime against a woman is guilty and has been given a life sentence in prison.

On October 7, 2016 the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a 36 year-old female who was at the Dollar General Store in Sheffield, Iowa. The female stated she had been beaten and kidnapped by a male subject. This incident started in Meservey, Iowa and the victim was transported, by the male, to the Sheffield area.

The Sheffield Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call. The male subject left the area prior to their arrival. The sheriff’s office conducted an investigation and filed a charge of Willful Injury (Class C Felony) against the subject, Charles Raymond Albright, age 42, who claimed via social media to live in Meservey and to be a “misunderstood nice guy who’s sick of finishing last”. They were unable to locate Albright following the incident.

The Franklin County Attorney requested assistance from the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal investigation (DCI) on October 18, 2016. The DCI assisted with the investigation including additional interviews and search warrants and locating the suspect.

On October 19, 2016 investigators located Charles Albright at 11446 Killdeer Avenue, in rural Rockwell, Iowa. Albright was taken into custody without incident on the warrant for his Willful Injury charge. Allegedly, during the October 7, 2016 ordeal which dragged on for hours, Albright struck his 36-year-old female victim, allowed his dog to attack and bite her, shocked her with a stun gun, and more.  Albright was also charged with Kidnapping in the First Degree, a class A felony.

After a jury found him guilty, Albright was sentenced to life in prison on the kidnapping charge, and a concurrent 5-year sentence for willful injury. He also faces a weapons charge at this time.

Court records show Abright was convicted of second-offense domestic abuse assault in Worth county in 2003 and later sent to an Iowa prison for his crime in 2004 after he violated his probation.

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