The Husband that Nightmares are Made

by Placerville Newswire / Oct 17, 2018 / comments

[El Dorado County District Attorney]

She had been married to Michael Turner for four years, and he turned out to be the husband that nightmares are made of.  Since the start of their marriage, Turner was verbally abusive towards her.  He would routinely tell her that he could rape her because she was his wife.  He constantly threatened to kill all of their pets.  Turner also threatened more than 200 times to burn down their apartment complex with her and their children inside.  In the weeks leading up to the start of 2018, Turner began his physical assaults against her and their children.

Turner had set up a make-shift dart board in their living room, and would throw knives at the wall when he was angry.  On multiple occasions, he pretended to throw the knives at her while threatening to kill her.  Turner was sick with the flu one day and did not want her to leave for work.  She did, and when she returned home Turner picked her up off the ground by the neck of her sweatshirt and began screaming at her.  She wasn't able to turn her neck to either side for two days after that incident.  She heard Turner on multiple occasions throwing their son into walls.  The abuse of their son was so bad that the son reported to a school counselor that he wanted to kill himself.  She finally had the strength to report the four years of abuse to law enforcement on January 19, 2018.

Once a criminal case was filed, the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office assigned an advocate to represent and assist the victim throughout the prosecution of the case.  The advocate assisted the victim starting the day the case was filed through the final resolution.  With the victim's cooperation Turner was convicted of a serious felony strike offense and sent to state prison for two years and eight months.  The victim was happy with the resolution and was thankful to finally be free from this life of violence.

In El Dorado County, we are fortunate to have several resources available to victims of domestic violence.  If you or someone you know is trying to put a stop to an abusive relationship, please follow the links below.  Remember, anyone can be a victim of domestic violence.

WEAVE

The Center for Violence Free Relationships

Live Violence Free 

 Child Protective Services