Alabama parents sentenced two years for locking adopted son in basement 23 hours a day

Alabama parents sentenced two years for locking adopted son in basement 23 hours a day


An Alabama couple will serve just two years in prison for inflicting horrific abuse on their adoptive son — including locking him in a basement for 23 hours a day and nearly starving him to death.

Richard Kelly, 60, and his wife Cynthia, 51, were sentenced Thursday in Shelby County to the maximum allowed under a previous plea deal, AL.com reported.

The light sentence followed an emotional statement by their son, Ethan Kelly — now an 18-year-old high school senior — who recounted his years of torture after his adoption in 2007.

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“This wasn’t the dream. I cried every night and prayed for Jesus to end it all” Kelly told the court.

“I’m not who I used to be. I’m not even who I was supposed to be. I lived the story of Cinderella with no happy ending.”

The couple was accused of keeping Ethan locked in prison-like conditions in the basement for around two years.

For nearly 23

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