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Judge expected to rule in ex-Army couple’s abuse sentencing

April 12, 2018

FILE - In this May 9, 2013, file photo, John Jackson, left, and his wife, Carolyn Jackson, of Mount Holly, N.J., walk out of Martin Luther King Jr. Courthouse in Newark, N.J. The couple, who've been convicted of abusing their young foster children over several years, are due back in court Wednesday, April 11, 2018, for a resentencing after their original sentence was thrown out for being too lenient. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge is expected to impose new sentences on a former Army couple convicted in 2015 of abusing their young foster children.

The judge initially sentenced John and Carolyn Jacksons to probation and two years, respectively, but that was thrown out by a federal appeals court last year for being too lenient.

Prosecutors had sought sentences of 15 to 19 years. They presented evidence at trial that the couple regularly beat their three foster children and denied them food, water and medical care.

Their biological son testified the couple forced the children to eat hot pepper flakes and drink hot sauce as punishment.

The children suffered broken bones and were severely underweight and had other health problems when they were removed from the home in 2010.

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