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Trial of Marine Gunnery Sgt. Charged With Torture, Domestic Violence Scheduled to Conclude

If convicted as charged, Anthony Eugene Rollins faces a potential life sentence.

Anthony Eugene Rollins Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.
Anthony Eugene Rollins Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.

The weeks-long criminal trial of a Marine gunnery sergeant charged with torture, domestic violence and dissuading a witness is nearing an end.

Closing arguments for and against Anthony Eugene Rollins, 34, are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Southwest Justice Center near Murrieta. Proceedings before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michael Rushton began Dec. 16.

The charges against Rollins stem from a Dec. 1, 2012 reported incident reported to Murrieta police. The alleged victim in the case—Rollins' girlfriend of four years—was admitted to a hospital with head trauma that included a skull fracture and bleeding to her brain. She had no memory of how she received her injuries until she discovered a missed call and a voicemail on her phone weeks later.

She came forward to Murrieta police with the one minute, 26 second voicemail recorded the night she was allegedly beaten, according to a copy of a search warrant.  

"In the voicemail, the victim heard herself crying and screaming in pain as well as the defendant in this case telling her she was never going to leave and also sounds like something being repeatedly hit," according to a released statement from John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's office.

Rollins is charged with one count of torture, two counts of domestic violence, and one count of dissuading a witness. Each domestic violence count also has an enhancement attached of causing great bodily injury in a domestic violence crime, Hall said.

If convicted as currently charged, Rollins faces a potential life sentence.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Tim Cross of the DA’s Domestic Violence Unit.

SA January 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM
The title ‘Marine’ should be removed from this article as he is not nor was he a Marine. Just a sadistic thug hiding behind chevrons.
Jeff Kleiner January 14, 2014 at 04:46 PM
He was trained to be a killer. Some people who serve in the military, can distinguish between on the job and "real life". This person, with a controlling and violent personality let it spill over. Military suicides have been staggering since 2000 and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Some of these men cannot handle stress, unemployment, and the affects of war. The military should be very watchful of these personality types and weed them out. It's sad. But whats more than sad is the lack of protection for women who are in physical and verbal abuse relationships. We need more focus on wife beaters, stalkers and control freaks.
Steve Newman January 14, 2014 at 05:37 PM
Convict Kleiner- you have no idea what you are talking about. You have been watching way too much TV. This has nothing to do with his traniing- it was rage, pure and simple. And the focus on stalkers and wife beaters is you looking in the mirror.
SA January 14, 2014 at 05:42 PM
I love the ignorant Kleiners and Hidells … I am proud prior Military, I work directly with the VA / other veteran organizations and my professional civilian job works directly with DV situations … So Mr. Newman is completely correct tooooooo much TV for the communists that post here….

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