Weston Sentenced to Life in Tacony Abuse Case

The woman who was convicted of holding a group of disabled assaults captive in subhuman conditions for more than ten years in Philadelphia's Tacony section has been sentenced to life.

Linda Weston, 55, was sentenced to life plus an additional 80 years in prison, following her guilty plea in September. Weston pled guilty to a long list of charges that included racketeering conspiracy, kidnapping resulting in the death of the victim, forced human labor, involuntary servitude, multiple counts of murder in aid of racketeering, hate crime, violent crime in aid of racketeering, sex trafficking, kidnapping, theft of government funds, wire fraud, mail fraud, use of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime, and false statements, the U.S. Attorney said.

Weston and a group of accomplices, between 2001 and 2011, carried out a scheme in which they held mentally disabled adults captive while also stealing their disability benefits.