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  Original Published: 7/26/2013

An Ashland man has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy for his role in holding a woman with cognitive disabilities and her child against their will and forcing the woman to perform manual labor.

Daniel J. Brown III, 33, admitted that between August 2010 through October 2012, he conspired with Jordie Callahan, 26;  Jessica Hunt, 31; and Dezerah Silsby, 21, all of Ashland, to establish and continue a pattern of domination and control over their victims, Shannon Eckley and her daughter.

The woman and her daughter were held against their will at Callahan's and Hunt's apartment at 509 W. Main St.

Callahan, Hunt, and Silsby, were indicted earlier this month on multiple charges, including forced labor and theft of government benefits.

Callahan and Hunt also were indicted on charges of tampering with a witness. All three have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Callahan and Hunt are being held without bond. Silsby remains free on a personal recognizance bond.

They are accused of using threats, violence and sexual assaults to continue a pattern of domination and control over Eckley and her daughter.

The indictment states the alleged tactics included beating Eckley, taunting and threatening her and her daughter with pit bulls and snakes and forcing Eckley to eat dog food and crawl on the floor while wearing a dog collar. 

Under a plea agreement, Brown will testify against the co-defendants in the case. He faces up to five years in federal prison, a fine of $250,000, and a maximum of three years probation.

Callahan, Hunt and Silsby all faced up to life in prison if convicted.

   
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