A Burbank couple have pleaded guilty to charges of torturing their 12-year-old daughter for at least two years, beating her and feeding her table scraps.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Janice Croft sentenced Marcus Allan, 44, to 17 years and four months in state prison.
His wife, Erlinda Reyes Allan, 39, is expected to be sentenced to 23 years at a hearing Oct. 30.
During jury selection Monday afternoon, the two agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence. The couple, charged with one count each of torture, child abuse and corporal injury to a child, could have faced life sentences on the torture count alone.
The couple's decision to plead guilty was a victory for the girl, prosecutors said, because it spared her from having to testify against her parents.