Man to plead guilty in Ohio slave labor case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lawyer says his client plans to plead guilty to charges he helped enslave and beat a mentally disabled woman and her daughter and steal her pain medication.

Attorney Russell Bensing said Wednesday the charges announced a day earlier reflect the lesser degree of involvement in the case by defendant Daniel Brown.

Brown is among four people charged with targeting and recruiting the woman in 2010 and holding her until October in a house in Ashland, 80 miles northeast of Columbus.

An indictment against three other defendants alleges the woman was denied food, sexually assaulted and threatened with dogs and snakes.

The charges against Brown and the others allege they hit her badly enough to require a hospital visit for pain medicine, which they took from her.

One defendant’s mother says the allegations are lies.

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