A former Long Beach police officer was convicted Tuesday of more than a dozen felonies for assaulting his wife at their Pico Rivera home with a belt, flashlight and police-issue baton.
The Los Angeles County Superior Court jury, composed of eight women and four men, deliberated a day before convicting Brandon Preciado, 30, of 13 felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, corporal injury to a spouse, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and making criminal threats. He was also convicted of several misdemeanors, authorities said.
Prosecutors presented evidence that Preciado, while a Long Beach officer, repeatedly choked, beat and threatened his wife, a 911 operator, between Sept. 18, 2011, and Jan. 12, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
During the first attack, Preciado threatened his wife, a mother of three, with a metal flashlight, then wrapped a belt around her neck, according to prosecutors. In an attack in November, she was left with a bloody nose after being held in a headlock, prosecutors said. She was again choked on New Year's Day, authorities said.