Oak Harbor man charged with unlawful imprisonment

An Oak Harbor man with a history of brutally beating his wife is facing potential prison time in the latest case against him, according to court documents.

Earl Riley, Jr. is being held in the Island County jail on $35,000 bail.

Prosecutors charged Riley in Superior Court last month with unlawful imprisonment, a domestic-violence crime. He could face more than two years in prison under the standard sentencing range if convicted of the charge.

On July 16, Riley was drunk and got mad at his wife for talking to a neighbor. Riley is accused of attacking her, grabbing her by the neck and throwing her into a heater. He twisted her neck and pounded her head with a closed fist. The woman blacked out and eventually came to on the floor, court documents state.

Then Riley wouldn’t let her move and threatened to beat her more, according to the police report. The woman was eventually able to escape. She drove away and called the police.

The woman later told investigators that Riley assaulted her at least five prior times. In one instance, he reportedly strangled and hit her until she blacked out and wouldn’t let her leave, the report states.

In another instance, Riley allegedly strangled her, beat her until her face was completely black and blue and her shoulder was broken in seven places, the report states. She said she also suffered a concussion that seemed to last a year.

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