One of the four people accused in the Ashland slave labor cases pleaded guilty on Thursday.
ASHLAND, Ohio - One of the four people accused in the Ashland slave labor cases pleaded guilty on Thursday.
Daniel J. Brown, 33, pleaded to one count of conspiracy, the U.S. Department of Justice said. As part of his plea deal, he agreed to cooperate with investigators and testify against his codefendants.
Brown admitted he conspired with three others to hold a woman with cognitive disabilities and her daughter against their will. The group is accused of threatening the victims with snakes and dogs, forcing them to eat dog food and making them sleep in unsafe conditions in an Ashland apartment.
Jordie L. Callahan, Jessica L. Hunt and Dezerah L. Silsby face charges of conspiracy to violate laws, forced labor, theft of government beneficts and acquiring a controlled substance by deception. Callahan and Hunt are also charged with tampering with a witness.
These three pleaded not guilty in federal court on Wednesday.
Three people charged with enslaving a mentally disabled woman and her daughter and beating the woman and stealing her pain medication have entered not guilty pleas.
A lawyer says his client plans to plead guilty to charges he helped enslave a mentally disabled woman and her daughter, including beating the woman and stealing her pain medication.
Four people have been indicted after an Ashland woman and her daughter were held captive and forced to perform manual labor, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday.
There's enough evidence against people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman and her daughter to send the case before a grand jury, a federal magistrate judge ruled Monday.
One of four suspects in the Ashland forced-labor case has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging a woman was held captive with her child and was threatened and made to do housework.
Video from the Ashland County Prosecutor's Office shows the alleged victim in a modern-day slavery case beating her child.
A fourth suspect in case of an Ashland woman and her daughter held captive is in custody.
Ashland resident, and an attorney who represented an alleged "slavery" victim are stunned over a federal investigation that has gained national attention.
The community of Ashland is in shock after discovering that neighbors held a mother and young child captive for two years.