Ashland woman gets 32 years in forced labor case

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors say an Ohio woman has been sentenced to 32 years in federal prison for enslaving a mentally disabled woman through threats and intimidation.

A judge in Youngstown sentenced 33-year-old Jessica Hunt on Thursday. Messages were left for her attorneys.

A jury convicted Hunt and her boyfriend of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and conspiracy to illegally obtain prescription drugs.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jordie Callahan was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison. The couple lived in Ashland, about 70 miles southwest of Cleveland.

Prosecutors say they kept the woman and her young daughter captive for nearly two years and threatened to harm the girl if the woman refused to do chores.

The couple’s attorneys have been seeking a new trial and argued the government’s trial witnesses were unreliable.

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