Jury: $45M to decade-long Philadelphia captive

A Philadelphia woman held captive for more than a decade in an alleged scheme to collect disability benefits on her and three other mentally disabled victims has won a $45 million civil judgment.

A lawyer for plaintiff Tamara Breeden says Thursday’s verdict sent a strong message and that they understand defendants Linda Ann Weston, Gregory Thomas and Eddie Wright might never pay up.

Breeden and the others were rescued in October 2011 from a boiler room in the basement of an apartment house in the city’s Tacony neighborhood.

Her lawyer says they were beaten, raped, starved and forced to drink urine.

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Weston, Thomas and Wright are jailed while awaiting trial next year on federal kidnapping charges. Prosecutors say they moved Breeden and the others to various states to avoid capture.

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