WICHITA | A Kansas nurse convicted of enslaving mentally ill residents of a Newton group home has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after a judge acknowledged the original seven-year term was too short.
U.S. District Judge Monti Belot imposed the new sentence Monday on Linda Kaufman. A federal appeals court had upheld her conviction but sent the case back for resentencing.
Prosecutors argued for a longer sentence because of the use of a stun gun and because the victims were vulnerable. Belot also added more time for obstruction of justice.
Kaufman and her husband, Arlan, were convicted in 2006 of forcing residents of the home to work naked and perform sex acts, while billing the government and their families for the “nude therapy” sessions.