LANCASTER (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed torture and other charges against a man and his girlfriend after the man’s sister was found locked in a storage shed behind their home.

Sixty-one-year-old Elias Abdurahman and 50-year-old Sara Kebede Tadesse were expected to be arraigned Tuesday in the Superior Court’s Antelope Valley branch.

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On Sept. 22, sheriff’s deputies responding to reports of screams found a 54-year-old woman locked in the shed in the Mojave Desert city of Lancaster. The woman was described as malnourished, with fresh and old wounds.

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Other charges include false imprisonment by violence and assault with a deadly weapon, specifically a cane.

If convicted as charged, both defendants face a possible maximum sentence of life in state prison.

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