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October 20, 2014

St. Paul man accused of locking girlfriend in kennel convicted, again

The man accused of severely beating his former girlfriend for hours in St. Paul and locking her in a kennel has been convicted for a second time, the Pioneer Press reports.

Luke Brandon Scott, 31, formerly of St. Paul was granted a new trial after the state Court of Appeals reversed his conviction last year because an error in jury instructions.

Scott was once again found guilty Wednesday of first- and second-degree assault, terroristic threats and false imprisonment.

On the night of Sept. 26, 2010, the woman, at the time 21-years-old, told Scott she wanted to break off their three-month relationship. When she tried to leave his home, Scott locked her in his house and began punching her when she yelled for help.

He then shoved her into a dog kennel only to be dragged out later and continued to be attacked.

Over several hours, Scott slapped her, threw her down, punched and bit her, dragged her by the hair, kicked her, hit her with a riding crop and a wine bottle.

At one point, Scott told her that he would hang her up in the basement and let her die a slow death.

After attempting to escape several times, police finally came to her rescue.

The victim testified again at the retrial. Scott represented himself, according to the Pioneer Press.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 13.

Scott also faces stalking charges after he called the victim from prison six times and sent her a postcard that read:

“Dearest C___, I hope this finds you doing well. I wanted to let you know that I am appealing this case. Please make sure that this time you tell the truth. Do you think it’s fair that I saved your life and get 17 years? If you tell the truth, and I get out all will be forgiven, AND I will forget about it. If not, and I sit here for 11 years thinking about it, I will probably be pretty angry when I get out. Just to let you know …THINK ABOUT IT. All my Love, Luke”

The postcard was signed with a smiley face. The front of the postcard added, “P.S. Feel free to write me anytime!!!”

He’s scheduled to go on trial Feb. 25.