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Woman sentenced in forced labor case

 
Posted April 24th, 2014 @ 2:35pm

 (Youngstown) - An Ashland woman accused of using ice cream to lure a mentally disabled woman and her child to captivity in a forced-labor case has been sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison.  

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.  

Investigators say the ordeal lasted from early 2011 to late 2012.  Federal Judge Benita Pearson sentenced Silsby 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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