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Sanity phase next for ex-deputy who tortured wife and her lover

Robert McClain

The sanity phase in the trial of a former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy convicted of torturing and sexually assaulting his wife and her lover in a brutal 2008 attack is expected to begin Tuesday

A jury on Monday convicted Robert McClain, 38, of eight felonies, including aggravated mayhem, torture, spousal rape and sodomy by means of force.

Orange County prosecutors said the Irvine resident forced his then-31-year-old wife and her 23-year-old lover into the break room of the leasing office where she worked and made them undress at knifepoint, repeatedly punching and kicking both victims.

The man was beaten so badly that he has no recollection of the incident and initially thought he'd been in a car accident when he woke up in the hospital, the prosecution said.

Prosecutors said the male victim had suffered several knife wounds the groin area and that McClain had urinated on both victims and sodomized the man with a knife.

McClain also sexually mutilated his wife with a knife and chopped off her hair, prosecutors said.

During the trial, McClain's public defender Darren Thompson told jurors that his family-oriented client was driven to madness after discovering his wife's infidelity, and that McClain initially acted in self-defense.

McClain had pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.


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Photo: Robert McClain. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

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