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Three citrus contractors sentenced in slavery case

Three citrus contractors convicted of federal slavery charges were sentenced Wednesday to long prison terms.

Brothers Ramiro and Juan Ramos were sentenced to 12 years and three months in federal prison and must forfeit property worth more than $3-million.

Their cousin, Jose Ramos, was given 10 years, three months and a $10,000 fine.

The three were convicted in June of conspiring to hold workers as slaves, threatening them with violence and holding them hostage over alleged debts.

_ Staff, wire reports

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