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Father and son who defended rape of 13-year-old girl with Bible verses sentenced to life in prison

February 1, 2017

Timothy Ciboro, 53, and his 28-year-old son, Esten Ciboro, have been found guilty of kidnapping, chaining and raping the elder Ciboro’s 13-year-old stepdaughter and her step-siblings. The victim had told police that the men kept her shackled to a support beam in the family’s basement, where she survived by eating old, spoiled scraps of food and was forced to use an ammonia-filled bucket as a toilet. After a trial during which Timothy and Esten told the judge they didn’t need lawyers because they planned on using the Bible as a legal defense, Timothy was sentenced to 71 years and two consecutive life sentences and Esten was sentenced to 68 years plus life without parole.

Although the father and son ultimately represented themselves in the case, lawyers were ordered to be on standby to assist them if necessary. After the trial, Timothy Ciboro’s standby counsel, John Thebes, spoke to NBC News. “This whole thing is just so tragic for the little kids,” said Thebes, adding that the children had shown great courage by testifying against their attackers.

According to NBC station WNWO of Toledo, the two men were described by Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Linda Jennings as “the most depraved, demented, evil people” she had ever seen.

Read the full story at NBC News.


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