Imprisoned Wife

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 36-year-old Omaha man convicted of holding his wife and children captive in the family's home for ten years is going to prison for up to 20 years.

David Mitchell was sentenced Tuesday in Douglas County District Court. He had pleaded no contest to false imprisonment, terrorist threats and two counts of child abuse for terrorizing the mother in front of her children.

Mitchell was accused of holding his wife Polly in their home with doors locked from the outside and tinfoil on windows. Authorities say he threatened her with death if she thought of leaving.

Last June, Polly Mitchell called a local YWCA and authorities helped her and her four children to escape.

David Mitchell's attorney asked for probation, but the judge called Mitchell's actions despicable and gave him 14 to 20 years. He will be eligible for parole in 2011.

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