Man accused of using South Valley home as torture chamber sentenced

Marcel Bland
Marcel Bland

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man who authorities say used his South Valley home as a torture chamber was back in court Tuesday.

Last April, Marcel Bland was arrested for allegedly holding his girlfriend and another man against their will at a home near Goff and Arenal.

According to a criminal complaint, deputies found what appeared to be torture instruments like a taser, claw hammer, and scissors.

But at a hearing back in June, Bland’s attorney showed documents from the alleged victims denying the allegations, calling Bland a “righteous family man.”

Bland pleaded guilty to resisting and evading and has been sentenced to time served.

Bland was facing felony charges of kidnapping, battery upon a peace officer, and tampering with evidence. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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