David and Louise Turpin appeared in court on Friday and plead guilty to at least 39 counts in connection to the abuse case. The two accepted a plea deal, meaning they will not have to go to trial. Their children will not have to testify.
The two face a maximum sentence of life in prison with possible parole in seven years.
Louise & David #Turpin have accepted a plea deal. This means they will not have to go to trial. Their children will not have to testify.— Leticia Juarez (@ABC7Leticia) February 22, 2019
David Turpin, 56, and his wife, 49-year-old Louise Turpin, were facing more than three dozen felony charges against them each. They both faced charges of torture, perjury, false imprisonment and abuse.
The couple was arrested at their home in January after one of their daughters escaped.
MORE: Outline of accusations against Turpin parents
Police say they found the children living in squalor and shackled to furniture.
Prosecutors presented evidence that the couple chained their 12 children to bed as punishment and deprived them of food. A judge dismissed an abuse charge pertaining to their youngest daughter, age two.
The alleged years-long abuse was so extreme, most of the children were emaciated and barely educated.
Authorities say the Turpin home reeked of human waste and the evidence of starvation was obvious, with the oldest of 13 siblings weighing just 82 pounds.
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