Virginia man sentenced to 200 years for torturing step-kids

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man convicted of torturing his two step-children with knives and screwdrivers has been sentenced to 252 years in prison and ordered to pay a $75,000 fine.

The Free Lance-Star reports that in June, 46-year-old Michael Andrew Keesecker was found guilty on multiple counts each of child abuse, malicious wounding, strangulation and assault. Prosecutor Ryan Frank said the victims suffered consistent torture over years involving household utensils as well as choking into unconsciousness.

During the Monday sentencing, Keesecker took the stand and said mental illness and drug addiction caused his behavior. He told the court he didn’t remember some of the accounts of abuse and disputed others.

A judge addressed the victims as she handed down the lengthy sentence, telling them their voices had been heard.

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/

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