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Man gets life in prison in teen torture

Dramatic video has been released of a teenager's escape after he was held captive in Tracy, Calif. in December 2008.

February 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A California man was ordered Monday to serve three life sentences concurrently for participating in the imprisonment and torture of a neighbor boy.

Anthony Waiters, 31, was the only one of four defendants to go to trial on charges that they held Kyle Ramirez captive inside a Tracy home for a year while he was beaten, burned and shackled to furniture.

The 16-year-old managed to escape to a nearby fitness center in 2008.

Waiters was convicted in November of torture, kidnapping, child abuse and false imprisonment. He'll be eligible for parole after nearly 19 years.

The other three people, including Kyle's legal guardian and the home's owners, reached a plea deal and are each serving more than 30 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.