LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia — A Georgia couple awaiting trial on charges they kept their son locked in a basement room for months at a time, has demanded that not only the case be dismissed, but they should be paid a half billion dollars for their time.
Therian and Ricardo Wimbush, who are representing themselves, have been in custody since their arrest in 2014. Ricardo Wimbush was well known in Georgia as a one-time standout linebacker at Georgia Tech from 1999-2002.
In a handwritten letter to the judge, Therian Wimbush called the prosecution against them “malicious and vindictive,” and that the “false charges of false imprisonment and child cruelty” should be thrown out.
For their troubles, she argued that the Wimbushes are owed “restitutionary redress,” to the tune of “$600,000 per day for each day that they have spent falsely imprisoned in the Gwinnett County Jail.” That would amount to $540 million, which equals about one-third of the county’s annual budget, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calculated.
Prosecutors allege the couple, who are deeply religious, kept the oldest of their 10 children locked in the basement room with only a mattress and makeshift toilet and away from his siblings for the better part of two years.
The parents said the banished the child to the basement for “disciplinary reasons,” although the boy told investigators it was for “taking the family DVD player and lying about it.”
The Wimbushes have filed dozens of motions in the case. In June 2015, Therian Wimbush filed a lawsuit against six child services workers, three judges, two attorneys, one police detective and an “anonymous caller,” alleging a conspiracy and demanding $500 million.
Prosecutors say they are looking forward to taking the case to a jury.