Maryland

Salisbury man pleads guilty to reckless endangerment

SALISBURY, Md. - A man who allegedly kept his wife captive for months entered an Alford plea in court on Monday morning.

Officials say, Michael David Austin pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment. He was then sentenced to two years in prison but that sentence was suspended all but six months.

Austin was initially also charged with false imprisonment but the victim reportedly said that she complied with Austin putting locks on the doors and windows of their home.

Austin was charged after he locked his wife in his Salisbury apartment without giving her a key when he went to work.

Officials say his wife later escaped three months later after Austin fell asleep without locking the door.


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