In this Oct. 17, 2014 file photo, John Jackson and his wife, Carolyn, leave the Federal Courthouse in Newark, N.J., after opening arguments in their trial on charges of child abuse. The former military couple, convicted in July of 2015 of systematically abusing their foster children, will find out on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, if their sentences will be increased. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP, File)
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The allegations were shocking: an Army major and his wife accused of abusing their three young foster children through beatings, denial of food and water and forcing them to eat hot pepper flakes as punishment.