Man appeals sentence in Ohio slave labor case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio man is appealing a five-year prison term for participating in the enslavement of a mentally disabled woman held for two years with her young child in northeast Ohio.

Daniel Brown pleaded guilty last year to a single conspiracy charge and agreed to cooperate with the investigation. He was sentenced by Judge Benita Pearson in federal court in Youngstown earlier this month.

Brown on Friday appealed the sentence to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

Brown’s attorney, Russell Bensing, says federal guidelines called for a sentence in the range of 2 ½ to 3 ½ years.

Bensing says he’ll argue that Pearson handed down a stiffer sentence than she should have.

Brown was the first of four people convicted in the case to be sentenced.

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