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ND man, woman sentenced in boys-in-basement case

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A Bismarck man and woman accused of locking the woman's three boys in a basement have been sentenced after pleading guilty to felony charges of child abuse or neglect.

Kacie Schaeffer was sentenced Monday to 60 days in jail and three years of supervised probation. Her 33-year-old friend, Trevor Runningbear, was sentenced to three years of probation.

The two were charged in May after police say a 9-year-old boy reported to school officials that his mother and her boyfriend physically abused him and his 3-and 6-year-old brothers, and locked them in the basement when they weren't in school.

Susan Schmidt, Schaeffer's lawyer, says the children are now with Schaeffer's sister.

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