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

Legal Generic

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.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s