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Ohio man accused of enslaving woman gets 30 years

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio man convicted along with his girlfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison.

The man, Jordie Callahan, and his girlfriend were convicted in March of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and conspiracy to illegally obtain prescription drugs.

The couple were accused of forcing the woman to shop, cook and clean up after their pit bulls and of using the dogs and a python to threaten the woman. They also threatened to harm her young daughter if the woman didn't obey. The woman and her child were forced to live in a dark, damp basement without a bathroom and the woman was forced to commit sex acts, prosecutors said.

The couple held the woman from early 2011 to late 2012 in their home in Ashland, about 70 miles southwest of Cleveland, prosecutors said. She escaped the home by getting arrested for shoplifting a candy bar and telling police she wanted to go to jail because people had been mean to her.

Federal prosecutors had urged Judge Benita Pearson to sentence Callahan, 27, to life in prison. His girlfriend, 31-year-old Jessica Hunt, is scheduled to be sentenced in Youngstown on Thursday.

Attorneys for Callahan and Hunt argued at trial that authorities had sensationalized the woman's living conditions and said she was always free to come and go. In an argument for a new trial, the attorneys said the woman frequently visited a convenience store, attended appointments with social service agencies and even had home visits with social workers at Callahan and Hunt's home in Ashland.

Two other people were indicted in the case. One suspect, Dezerah Silsby, was accused of luring the woman into Callahan's and Hunt's house with ice cream. She agreed to testify against the couple as part of a plea agreement and was sentenced to 45 months in prison in April. Her boyfriend, Daniel Brown, who was accused of helping to enslave the woman, also agreed to testify and received a five-year sentence in March.

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davidmapp7 July 22 2014 at 5:04 PM

something in the 'air' in Ohio ? more enslaved women...

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d1anaw July 22 2014 at 5:26 PM

So if the attorneys think the living conditions were exaggerated, then why don't they volunteer to live in them?

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flagwaver2 July 22 2014 at 4:30 PM

And to think some people say there is no such thing as evil. I hope there is a hell, but sadly I doubt it. Hopefully the rest of their lives will be hell on earth.

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theemovado July 22 2014 at 3:41 PM

Typical savages!

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Denny July 22 2014 at 5:34 PM

He should get 60 years.

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Janice July 22 2014 at 5:17 PM

They should get life and put them in a dark place without windows. feed they once a week for starters.

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powerdriven July 22 2014 at 3:47 PM

I can't wait to My god comes back for us!

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LONNIE July 22 2014 at 4:29 PM

to powerdriven: you will be waiting a long time fairy stories are not real,you shouldn't say things like that it makes you look stupid

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liquidwallpaper July 22 2014 at 8:08 PM

These people are animals. Just taking advantage of a person is bad enough but a mentally disabled person makes me sick. I would lock up all the three of them for the thirty years.

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