Sentencing Set for Woman in Forced-Labor Case

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman accused of using ice cream to lure a mentally disabled woman and her child to captivity in a forced-labor case is scheduled to be sentenced.

Dezerah Silsby pleaded guilty in federal court last year to four counts of an indictment charging her with threatening the victim, beating her and making her do housework. Authorities say the ordeal lasted from early 2011 to late 2012.

Federal judge Benita Pearson is scheduled to sentence Silsby on Thursday in Youngstown.

A jury found two other defendants guilty at a trial last month, and a fourth who pleaded guilty was sentenced to five years in prison.

Silsby testified that she was threatened by the others and feared having her own child taken away.

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