Lexington couple sentenced in starvation death

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Lexington couple has been sentenced for abuse and neglect in the death of their disabled adult son from starvation and dehydration.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Jerry Lakes was sentenced to 20 years and Peggy Joyce Whitlock was sentenced to 10 years in Fayette Circuit Court on Thursday.

The two recently pleaded guilty to various charges related to the death of 24-year-old Gerald Lee Lakes last year.

Among other things, investigators said Jerry Lakes gambled with thousands of dollars in Social Security payments that were meant to support Gerald Lakes and the couple's other children. Two other adult sons were unwashed, malnourished, and weighted less than 100 pounds, but a daughter appeared to be well cared for.

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