Sentencing set for Ohio woman in forced-labor case

A judge has set a new sentencing date for an Ohio woman accused of using ice cream to lure a mentally disabled woman and her child to captivity in a forced-labor case.
Associated Press
Mar 23, 2014


Defendant Dezerah Silsby pleaded guilty in federal court last year to four counts of an indictment charging her with threatening the victim, beating her and making her do housework. Authorities said the ordeal lasted from early 2011 to late 2012.

Federal judge Benita Pearson on Friday rescheduled Silsby’s sentencing date from next week to April 24 in Youngstown.

A jury found two other defendants guilty earlier this month, and a fourth who pleaded guilty was sentenced to five years in prison.