Guilty pleas in caging, beating, abuse of autistic woman
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A husband and wife charged with violently abusing a young autistic woman in Louisiana and forcing her to live in an outdoor cage have pleaded guilty to multiple crimes in federal court.
Terry Knope II and Raylaine Knope pleaded guilty Monday in New Orleans to charges including forced labor conspiracy. Terry Knope II also pleaded guilty to a hate crime charge. Court documents say he shot the victim with a BB gun because she was disabled.
Each could face 28 years in prison when sentenced in August.
They were among five charged in 2018 documents alleging a litany of horrors against the 22-year-old victim.
Prosecutors said the victim was at times beaten, burned with a cigarette lighter and forced to eat the cremation ashes of her late mother.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Burglar steals neighbor's surveillance camera, accidentally streams from inside house
Mirror of Grace Outreach to hold Parenting Wisely Gala
Deputies looking for trucker who may be tied to deadly ATV accident
Head of State Troopers Association arrested after firing gun at office during...
No serious damage to Sunshine Bridge after weekend tanker collision
'That's typical LSU;' Tailgating underway ahead of Baton Rouge Super Regional
PREVIEW: Southern breaks down Starkville Regional
LSU softball lands national No. 10 seed
Balancing Football and Track: The story of Kary Vincent Jr.
Sha'Carri Richardson's impressive impact on LSU Track and Field