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Published: Friday, 9/20/2013

Northern Calif woman sentenced to life for torturing fiancée's daughter while he was in prison

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Northern California woman who burned, whipped and brutalized her fiancée’s daughter while he was in prison has been convicted of torture and sentenced to life behind bars.

The Sacramento Bee says the judge sentenced 37-year-old Duewa Lee immediately following her conviction by a jury Thursday on 11 felony counts.

Lee received an indeterminate life term on the torture conviction, plus another nine years for the other counts related to the abuses endured by the girl who is now 14.

The girl, who was 12 at the time, told jurors that over several months Lee burned her with an iron and hot spatulas, threw her down stairs, refused to let her eat, smashed her head into a window and forced her to stand for hours with her arms and one leg raised.



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