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7 sentenced for torture of retarded N.J. man

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FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Seven people who tortured a mentally retarded man during a 1999 party received sentences Thursday ranging from five to 20 years in prison.

The defendants admitted shaving Eric Krochmaluk's head and striking him with shower curtain rods, a toilet brush and a string of beads.

Krochmaluk, 23 at the time, had sought to befriend the group and was lured from his job at a fast-food restaurant to the party. There, he was stripped, forced to wear women's clothing and made to drink urine while he was taped to a lawn chair.

The defendants also were accused of burning Krochmaluk with cigarettes, choking and beating him and abandoning him in some woods. Authorities said similar attacks occurred during at least two earlier parties.