Local man convicted of beating wife, faces 30 years
by Emily Boorstein
August 23, 2014 04:00 AM | 3495 views | 5 5 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ricky Allen
Ricky Allen
MARIETTA — A Marietta man has been convicted for the ninth time on charges of abusing his wife, and he now faces up to 30 years in prison.

Ricky Allen, 39, was convicted Thursday of family violence battery, aggravated battery and false imprisonment after prosecutors presented evidence he beat his wife at their home in 2013. He was acquitted on a kidnapping charge.

Allen’s wife testified at the trial, but denied the seriousness of the attack, according to Kim Isaza, the spokesperson for District Attorney Vic Reynolds.

“Unfortunately, she’s still under his power and control,” said Sherwin K. Figueroa, an assistant DA. “His behavior controls her and makes her do things a normal person would not do. She believed she had to recant or her life would be in danger.”

Figueroa said Allen’s wife has filed for divorce. The couple hasbeen married for 10 years and has five children.

Cobb Superior Court Judge Lark Ingram will sentence Allen at a later date, and he faces a maximum of 30 years. This will be his fourth stint in prison, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. It shows he was last incarcerated from September 2013 to March of this year after being convicted on charges of family violence, cruelty to children and obstructing an officer.

Allen has previously been convicted eight times of abusing his wife, but only one of those convictions was a felony, Isaza said.

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August 25, 2014
You are a moron.

Sherwin is a female, not a male.

Again, you are a moron, and you are making comments that are off base
Donna R
August 23, 2014
Nine times????? He was wrong to do what he did, but she was stupid to say with him. That's just plain ridiculous!!!
Cobb res
August 23, 2014
I don't think what sherwin said was meant to be condescending, but was meant to explain why his wife likely downplayed the attack in her testimony.

Sidenote- I hope judge Ingram gives him every bit of thirty years so this woman and her children can move on. Maybe someday when she's ready she will find happiness with a real man.
August 23, 2014
Yeah, another 3 time returnee to the world's largest and most expensive penal system that obviously doesn't work.

Also, isn't it a bit condescending and misogynistic by assistant D.A. Sherwin K. Figueroa to suggest that the wife is still under his control? He is really saying that women are just oversized children who need to be protected by society since they are not mentally mature enough to know the difference between right and wrong.

August 23, 2014
Obviously you know nothing of the control a person can have over another.
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