3 Guilty Of Shackling, Abusing Tracy Teen Could Get 30 Years
TRACY (CBS/AP) — A San Joaquin County judge is expected to decide Monday the punishment for three people who beat, burned and held a teenager captive for more than a year.
The scheduled sentencing comes two years after a soot- and sore-covered Kyle Ramirez, then 16, stumbled into a Tracy health club nearly naked with a chain shackled to his ankle after escaping abuse.
Two months ago, Michael Schumacher, his wife, Kelly Layne Lau, and the teen’s then-legal guardian, Caren Ramirez, all pleaded guilty to more than a dozen felonies, including use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury to a child.
As part of their agreement, prosecutors withdrew a charge of torture, which could have led to life in prison.
Each faces sentences of at least 30 years in prison.
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