Sentencing set for Pa. woman who held people with disabilities captive

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A woman who admitted she kept mentally disabled adults captive in the basement of a home in Philadelphia and in other states for their disability checks is set to be sentenced.

Linda Weston pleaded guilty in September to all 196 counts against her including murder, kidnapping, hate crimes, sex trafficking and fraud in a deal that spared her a possible death sentence.

In exchange, prosecutors agreed to recommend a life term in prison plus 80 years when she is sentenced Thursday.

Weston was arrested in October 2011 when a landlord found four bedraggled adults locked in a squalid boiler room and called police. Authorities say those victims and others were confined like “zoo animals.”

Defense attorneys have said Weston entered the plea out of concern for her children.

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