DA: Man binds wife, duct tapes her mouth to 'shut her up'

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MARIETTA, Ga -- A Marietta man has been sent to prison after being convicted of an attack on his wife.

Daniel LaPorta, 59, was sentenced on Monday to five years, with two years to serve in custody and the rest on probation.

During his trial in October, LaPorta acknowledged that on the morning of March 12, 2015, he and his wife were arguing when he put her into a choke hold until she passed out, and then used duct tape to bind her legs and hands. He also said he put tape over her mouth and around her head “to shut her up.” 

A Cobb jury convicted LaPorta of false imprisonment and a lesser offense of simple battery.

“This case confirms that domestic violence occurs regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic factors,” ADA Drew Healy said. “It also serves as a powerful reminder that even one act of violence in a relationship can be dangerous and have serious consequences.”

Cobb Superior Court Chief Judge Stephen Schuster agreed, though he acknowledged the relationship was toxic for both husband and wife, who had known each other since childhood but were married only a few years. They are now divorced.

As part of his sentence, LaPorta was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

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