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Largo man accused of threatening to cut wife 'into pieces' with machete

LARGO — A 56-year-old man held a machete to his wife's neck and threatened to kill her if she called for help early Wednesday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Luis G. Clemente, of 12300 Seminole Blvd., No. 1, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and tampering with a witness. On Thursday, he was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Clemente and his wife were arguing about 1 a.m. Wednesday when he put a 14-inch machete to her neck.

Clemente allegedly told her: "I'm going to cut off your head and cut you into pieces," arrest reports show.

Deputies say he then took his wife's cell phone and told her if she called 911 from another phone she'd "be dead before police arrive."

Clemente pleaded guilty to felony battery in February and was sentenced to four years' probation, according to court records.

With Wednesday's arrest, he also faces a charge of violating that probation.

He admitted to taking his wife's cell phone but denied threatening her with the machete, the arrest reports said.

Largo man accused of threatening to cut wife 'into pieces' with machete 06/24/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 24, 2010 3:44pm]
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