David and Louise Turpin, parents who allegedly tortured their kids, plead guilty to 14 counts: DA

PHOTO: Louise and David Turpin of Perris at their wedding. PlayDavid Allen Turpin/ Facebook
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David and Louise Turpin, the California parents accused of torturing and holding captive most of their 13 children, pleaded guilty Friday to 14 felony counts against them, prosecutors said.

David and Louise Turpin, who were arrested in January 2018, pleaded guilty to one count of torture and one count of dependent abuse as well as multiple counts of false imprisonment, child endangerment and adult abuse.

Each will serve an indeterminate sentence of 25 years to life, meaning they'll be eligible to begin having parole hearings after the minimum time has elapsed, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said at a Friday news conference.

"Unless a parole board at some point... decides they should be released, they will serve the rest of their life in prison," Hestrin said.

PHOTO: David Turpin sits during a courtroom hearing, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Riverside, Calif. Jae C. Hong, Pool via AP
David Turpin sits during a courtroom hearing, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Riverside, Calif.
PHOTO: Louise Turpin sits in a courtroom Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Riverside, Calif. Jae C. Hong, Pool via AP
Louise Turpin sits in a courtroom Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Riverside, Calif.

Had the case gone to trial, the victims likely would have been called to testify, Hestrin said.

The seven adult children are "relieved" they won't face the possibility of testifying, Jack Osborn, a lawyer who represents the adult Turpin children, told ABC News on Friday. The victims didn't want to lose their privacy or relive the "trauma" in such a public setting, he explained.

PHOTO: Louise and David Turpin of Perris at their wedding. David Allen Turpin/ Facebook
Louise and David Turpin of Perris at their wedding.

Hestrin called the Turpins' case "among the worst, most aggravated child abuse cases that I have ever seen."

The Turpins were accused of abusing 12 of their 13 children, including in some cases allegedly shackling them and beating them routinely, prosecutors said.

PHOTO: Louise Turpin appears in Riverside Superior Court during an information hearing in Riverside, Calif. Aug. 3, 2018. Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register/AP
Louise Turpin appears in Riverside Superior Court during an information hearing in Riverside, Calif. Aug. 3, 2018.
PHOTO: David Allen Turpin appears in court for arraignment with attorneys on Jan. 18, 2018 in Riverside, Calif. Frederic J. Brown, Pool via Getty Images
David Allen Turpin appears in court for arraignment with attorneys on Jan. 18, 2018 in Riverside, Calif.

They were arrested after one child -- a 17-year-old girl -- escaped the home and called 911.

That Turpin daughter told the dispatcher that she and her siblings lived in filth and that she hadn't bathed in nearly a year, according to testimony in court in June. She said she had last seen a doctor in 2013 and had never been to a dentist in her life.

PHOTO: Louise and David Turpin were arrested in the torture and child endangerment case in Perris, Calif. David Allen Turpin/Facebook
Louise and David Turpin were arrested in the torture and child endangerment case in Perris, Calif.

When rescued, all the children except for the youngest, a toddler, were severely malnourished, prosecutors said.

The eldest victim -- a 29-year-old woman -- weighed only 82 pounds.

The adult children are healthy, Osborn said Friday, and have been finishing their educations and enjoying everyday life, from movies to hikes.

The children may choose to speak at their parents' sentencing, Hestrin said. Sentencing has been set for April 19.

Both Louise Turpin's attorney and the public defender's office representing David Turpin declined to comment on Friday.