NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey military couple accused of abusing three foster children have been convicted of most of the charges against them.
A federal jury in Newark returned the verdicts Wednesday after deliberating for about five days.
John Jackson was convicted of 10 of 13 counts, and wife Carolyn was found guilty on 12 of 13 counts. They will remain free on bail until their October sentencing.
John Jackson was an Army major at Picatinny Arsenal when prosecutors say the crimes occurred. The couple now lives in Burlington County,
Federal prosecutors say the foster children suffered injuries including a broken arm and fractured spine and were severely underweight when they were removed in 2010.
Prosecutors say they were forced to eat hot pepper flakes and drink hot sauce as punishment.