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Sheboygan man to stand trial for allegedly torturing family

Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - A Sheboygan man has been ordered to stand trial on 17 criminal charges for allegedly torturing his family.

At a preliminary hearing Thursday, police detective Tamara Remington quoted one of Lao Jin’s children as saying that he ruled his house with, “terror and threats.”

Remington said the 40-year-old Jin punched, whipped, and terrorized his five children, ages 6 to 14 – and the kids were afraid to sleep for fear that they’d be killed.

Lin is scheduled to enter pleas next Tuesday to charges that include strangulation and suffocation, reckless endangerment, causing mental harm to children, intimidating victims, and possessing a short-barreled shotgun.

If there’s not a plea deal, Circuit Judge Timothy Van Akkeren ordered 7 separate trials for Jin – one for each child, one for his wife, and a firearms charge that’s not related to the case.

Lin was facing 27 charges earlier this week, but 10 were dropped because some might have exceeded the statute of limitations.

Prosecutor Jennifer Bork plans to re-file those, and possibly some others. She says the case remains under investigation. 

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