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Brookfield couple gets longer prison terms for harboring an illegal immigrant as a maid

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A Brookfield couple who secretly kept an illegal immigrant in their home as a maid for 19 years has had their prison terms extended.

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Jefferson and Elnora Calimlim were each sentenced to four years behind bars in 2006.

But a federal appeals court said Judge Rudolph Randa mistakenly rejected some of the prosecution's arguments and the couple should have gotten six years. Randa ordered those longer terms Tuesday.

The Calimlins were both doctors when they were convicted of harboring an illegal immigrant for their financial gain.

They were also found guilty on three other counts, including the forcing of labor.

Interim U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs praised the longer sentences. She called the couple's treatment of the immigrant "modern day slavery" which is not acceptable.

During their trial, prosecutors said the Calimlims threatened the maid with deportation if she didn't work long hours for low pay.

The defense said the couple was only trying to protect the woman so she wouldn't have to go back to the Philippines.

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