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Street preacher gets 27 years in for basement kidnapping case

PHILADELPHIA— A self-proclaimed street preacher who had a role in kidnapping, torturing, and enslaving mentally disabled adults chained up in a basement was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

The US Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia announced that Eddie ‘‘the Reverend Ed’’ Wright was sentenced Thursday for the scheme that lasted from 2001 to October 2011.

He is the second of the five people charged in the case to be sentenced this week, after Nicklaus Woodard was sentenced to 27 years on Tuesday.

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Last month, Jean McIntosh was sentenced to 40 years in prison for her role. McIntosh helped prosecutors build a case against her mother, Linda Weston, the ringleader of the group that held victims captive for years in a cramped basement in the plan to steal more than $200,000 in government benefits.

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Weston previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison plus 80 years to avoid the death penalty.

Associated Press