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.

 

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