Woman who held disabled captives in Philly basement gets life in prison

A woman who admitted she kept mentally disabled adults captive in the basement of a home in Philadelphia and in other states for their disability checks has been sentenced to life in prison.

Linda Weston was sentenced Thursday to a life term plus 80 years.

Weston apologized in court saying she believes “God knows what happened,” Philly.com reported.

U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe responded that a lot of people in the courtroom know what happened, too. Several victims spoke at the sentencing.

Weston pleaded guilty in September to all 196 counts against her including murder and kidnapping in a deal that spared her a possible death sentence.

Weston was arrested in October 2011 when a landlord found four bedraggled adults locked in a squalid boiler room and called police.

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