Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – An Upper Peninsula man will spend up to 50 years in prison for torturing and abusing his live-in girlfriend’s son since 2007.
47-year old Carl Pellinen was sentenced in Delta County Circuit Court Monday to 17 and a half to 50 years in prison for first degree criminal sexual conduct and 25 to 50 years for first degree child abuse. Pellinen will serve his two sentences concurrently.
Officials say Pellinen and Susan Bardo kept her 15-year-old son in an 8-by-10-foot room made from tarps in the upstairs of their two-story home in Escanaba. They say he was rarely allowed to leave the room.
The 46-year old Bardo was sentenced earlier this month to 20 to 50 years in prison for torture and first-degree child abuse.
The teen is now under the care of Child Protective Services.