WICHITA | A Kansas nurse convicted of enslaving the mentally ill residents of the group home she ran with her husband was due back in court Tuesday to be re-sentenced.
Linda Kaufman was convicted in November 2006 of defrauding and abusing residents. Jurors found that the 66-year-old woman forced residents to work naked and perform sex acts while the government and their families were billed for "therapy."
Kaufman was sentenced to seven years in prison. But a federal appeals court has ruled that the trial judge should reconsider factors that could mean a longer sentence.
Prosecutors planned to call two witnesses in Tuesday's hearing on a possible new sentence.
The government wants Kaufman sentenced to at least 20 years. The defense contends that her current sentence is reasonable and should be re-imposed.