Guilty Plea in ‘Modern-Day’ Slavery Case

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ASHLAND, OH — One of several people accused of holding a cognitively disabled woman and her young daughter against their will for more than two years plead guilty to the indictment Friday.

The plea agreement for Dezerah Silsby, 21, was sealed and no sentencing date has been set.

Daniel J. Brown, 33, of Ashland, plead guilty to one count of conspiracy in July. Brown admitted that from August 2010 to October 2012, he conspired with Jordie Callahan, Jessica Hunt and Silsby to “continue a pattern of domination and control over the victims,” according to the Department of Justice.

Callahan, 26, Hunt, 31 and Silsby, all of Ashland, were indicted in July on multiple charges.

Callahan and Hunt are scheduled to stand trial February 18.

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