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Woman gets 5 years in starvation case (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A judge has sentenced a Madison woman accused of torturing her teenage stepdaughter and starving her down to 68 pounds to five years in prison.

The woman pleaded no contest in April to first-degree recklessly endangering safety and causing mental harm to a child. The charges carry a combined maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.

Judge Julie Genovese sentenced her to eight years in the state prison system, including five years behind bars and three years on extended supervision.

A jury found the woman’s husband, who is the girl’s father, guilty of child neglect but deadlocked on other counts. He’s set to stand trial again in November. The girl’s stepbrother is set to stand trial in February on charges he sexually assaulted her.

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