MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Madison woman will be sentenced Friday afternoon for torturing and starving her teenage stepdaughter until she got down to just 68 pounds.
43-year-old Melinda Drabek-Chritton struck a plea deal in April. She avoided a trial by pleading no contest to reckless endangerment and mentally harming a child.
Those charges carry maximums of 25 years in prison and $50,000 in fines. Four other counts were dropped.
Authorities said the defendant’s stepdaughter was locked in a basement and starved for years, until she broke away in February of 2012. She was 15 at the time.
In March, a Dane County jury convicted her husband Chad Chritton on two counts of child neglect. A mistrial was declared on four other charges, after the jury could not reach unanimous verdicts.
Chritton will be re-tried on those counts starting February 12th.
Also, the girl’s stepbrother is scheduled to go on trial early next year on charges that he repeatedly molested her.