The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has dropped charges against Linda Weston, Gregory Thomas, Eddie Wright and Jean McIntosh for their alleged involvement in a captivity case. The four now face federal charges instead.
From the District Attorney’s office: Now that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has filed federal charges, which include two Murder charges for Linda Weston, the Commonwealth need not continue with the local case. It is our hope all of these defendants get the maximum punishment for the years of torture they inflicted on their victims, and the best place for that to happen is in Federal Court. The 196-count federal indictment came down last week alleging that the four parties ran a criminal enterprise when they detained 10 mentally disabled adults while keeping more than $200,000 worth of their Social Security disability checks.
In Fall 2011, four mentally disabled adults were found locked in the basement of a home on the 4700-block of Longshore Avenue in Tacony, exposing the scam.