Anna Katrina Lampinen and Christian Alexander O’Brien, the Lecanto couple accused of drugging and sexually abusing a young woman, begin their separate trials this week.

O’Brien, 25, and 21-year-old Lampinen picked their juries Monday for their respective one-day trials on Tuesday and Wednesday.

They both face charges of sexually battering a physically helpless person and false imprisonment, and could be sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard to up to life in prison if convicted as charged. 

Assistant State Attorney Shannon Schlarf said at Lampinen and O’Brien's hearings on Monday that she extended the couple a plea offer of roughly 10 years in prison, which could be negotiated if either one decides to testify against the other.

Both defendants declined the prosecutor's offers.

Lampinen and O’Brien are accused of giving a then-19-year-old woman drinks last February that caused her to become sick and intoxicated, and then abusing her as she drifted in and out of consciousness, according to reports.

They also kept the woman from calling her relatives for help.

Lampinen and O’Brien denied the allegations in an interview with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office investigators.

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