Plea Deal Reached in Tracy Torture Case: KCRA - NBC Bay Area

Plea Deal Reached in Tracy Torture Case: KCRA



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    Guilty pleas appear to be in the works for four people accused of torturing a boy in Tracy, but no deal was announced Monday.

    The case grabbed national headlines when the teenager broke free from the home where he was living and asked for help at a nearby business.

    KCRA in Sacramento confirmed that both sides have been involved in negotiations for a plea bargain.

    Kelly Lau, her husband, Michael Schumacher, Caren Ramirez and Anthony Waiters face charges in the case. The suspects appeared in court on Monday.

    All four suspects will return to court on Sept. 13, presumably to see if a deal has been reached. If there is no deal, a trial will be set for Oct. 12.

    The prosecution has filed a declaration stating possible sentences that include up to life in prison for all four suspects.

    A gag order remains in place for the case.

    On Aug. 9, a hearing will address Lau's challenge of a grand jury indictment and other evidence.

    The suspects are facing 13 felony counts related to the alleged torture of a 16-year-old boy who was held captive.

    The suspects are being held without bail in San Joaquin County. contributed to this report.