A man who held a San Rafael woman captive for a weekend of violent abuse was sentenced Friday to 22 years and eight months in state prison.

Carlos Ciprano Housh, 50, of Concord could have received a life sentence in the case, which was charged as a third strike. But Judge Paul Haakenson discounted the first strike, a 1981 conviction for an attempted robbery case in which Housh, then 19, had peripheral involvement.

The victim in the San Rafael case was Housh's girlfriend, and the crimes occurred at her apartment in June 2011. Authorities said Housh was enraged that the woman wanted to end their relationship, refused to let her leave the apartment or call for help, and subjected her to three days of torment.

A jury convicted Housh of domestic violence, false imprisonment, criminal threats and witness intimidation. He was also convicted of assaulting the woman with a rock sculpture, which he repeatedly dropped on her while she was lying down, the prosecution said.

The jurors deadlocked 10 to 2 on rape and sodomy charges. They also deadlocked on a charge that Housh assaulted the woman by pressing a pair of scissors against her eyelids, allegedly threatening to cut out her eyes so other men would not be interested in her.

At the sentencing Friday afternoon, which was attended by numerous Housh supporters and family members, Deputy District Attorney Namita Bhatt argued for a life sentence and read a letter from the victim.


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"I will

always look over my shoulder in fear," the woman wrote.

Housh's public defenders, Peter Arian and Tamara Chellam, argued for a lighter sentence, noting that Housh was not convicted of the forcible sex crimes. They described the case as a domestic violence incident.

"He's not a perfect person," Arian said. "But 20 years is too much for this."

Haakenson said he was swayed by the "harrowing testimony" at the trial, some of it involving prior victims in Housh's life. One woman, impregnated by Housh during a sexual assault, kept the child a secret from him rather than let him claim fatherhood.

Another woman suffered a star-like shape carved into her breast because Housh wanted to "brand her" as his own, Haakenson said.