LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southern California couple was sentenced to 25 years to life in jail on Friday after the pair pleaded responsible to costs stemming from grim, headline-making accusations they beat, starved and shackled their 13 youngsters within the household’s residence, prosecutors stated.
David Turpin, 57, and his spouse Louise Turpin, 50, had agreed to be sentenced to 25 years to life in jail as a part of an settlement with Riverside County prosecutors that noticed them plead responsible in February to torture, youngster abuse and false imprisonment costs.
The couple cried through the sentencing listening to, the place they listened to statements from their youngsters and delivered statements of their very own, in accordance with video footage from ABC Information.
“I’m sorry for the whole lot I’ve achieved to harm my youngsters. I like my youngsters a lot,” Louise Turpin stated. “Their happiness is essential to me.”
As a part of the plea deal, which known as for added costs in opposition to each spouses to be dropped, the Turpins will spend the remainder of their lives in jail except granted parole after a mininum of 25 years behind bars, the Riverside County District Legal professional stated on Twitter.
The sentencing marks the end result of a legal case that has convulsed the group of Perris, California, some 70 miles (113 km) east of Los Angeles, since an emaciated 17-year-old woman climbed out of a window of the household’s residence and known as 911.
Deputies who raided the residence discovered the woman’s 12 brothers and sisters, ranging in age from 2 to 29, trapped contained in the darkened, foul-smelling home, a few of them chained to beds.
The siblings, discovered to be affected by malnourishment, muscle losing, stunted progress and different indicators of extreme abuse, had been taken into protecting custody, and the mother and father had been arrested.
Prosecutors stated the victims had been denied correct diet, primary hygiene and medical care and had been harshly punished for perceived infractions reminiscent of losing water by washing their fingers above the wrist.
The couple additionally had been accused of taunting their youngsters with pies and different meals that they had been forbidden to eat.
“My mother and father took my complete life from me, however now I’m taking my life again,” stated one of many Turpins’ daughters, who was not named in court docket, on Friday.
David Turpin’s mother and father, James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, have stated their son and daughter-in-law had been a deeply non secular couple who home-schooled their youngsters and required them to memorize Bible scripture.
The kids, whose ages now vary from three to 30, are within the care of kid and grownup safety businesses.
Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Further reporting by Gabriella Borter in New York; Modifying by Tom Brown and Chizu Nomiyama