Man found guilty of torture in 2008 kidnapping
July 7, 2010
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A South Lake Tahoe jury found a man guilty of crimes including torture and making terrorist threats on Thursday for a November 2008 incident where he and an accomplice beat a South Lake Tahoe woman, took her clothes and left her in the snow.
Joshua Barber, 27, faces life in state prison after a jury found him guilty of kidnapping, infliction of torture, aggravated assault and making terrorist threats during the incident, according to a statement from the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.
After about a day of deliberation, the jury also upheld a special finding by prosecutors that Barber inflicted great bodily injury on the victim, according to the statement.
The woman suffered “serious injuries during the incident, including a concussion and broken teeth,” according to the statement.
Codefendant Amanda Johnson, 29, will serve 11 years in state prison as part of a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office. Johnson testified against Barber during the trail.
The Nov. 22, 2008, incident started when Barber and Johnson, who were involved in prostitution, attacked a woman in the parking lot of a South Shore hotel, according to the statement.
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“Barber and Johnson then forced the victim into a vehicle, and, while continuing to beat her and threatening to kill her, took her to a location in the Camp Richardson area, where she was stripped of most of her clothing and left in the snow,” according to the statement. “The victim heard traffic, was able to move toward that sound, and thus found a Caltrans snow plow. The Caltrans employee promptly summoned aid for her.”
Barber’s attorney, Dain Weiner, and Johnson’s attorney, James Clark, could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
The case was investigated by South Lake Tahoe police, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and investigators with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.
Deputy District Attorney Dale Gomes tried the case and expressed appreciation for the hard work of the officers who investigated the matter, and the jurors who heard the trial, in the statement.
Barber’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 23.