“Mr. Callahan, through his cruelty, sought to deprive the victims in this case of their dignity and their freedom,” U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said. “He failed in the former, and the victim’s strength ended up trumping his. As for the freedom part — now it is the defendant whose freedom will be taken, for a long time.”
From Scene's July 2013 feature on the crime:
According to prosecutors, Shannon Eckley and her young daughter had been forced to live at Callahan and Hunt's home and perform various chores and tasks for nearly two years—clean the house, do laundry, shop for groceries, and care for numerous pit bulls and reptiles. The details of the case—threatening the woman and her daughter with harm or death, threatening them with a large snake, forcing them to sleep in a padlocked room with a large iguana, and more—hover around Dettelbach's phrase "modern-day slavery."
Hunt is scheduled for sentencing on Thursday.
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