They were sometimes tied up for "weeks or even months at a time", the Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said past year, calling it the one of the "worst, most aggravated child abuse cases I have ever seen".
David Allen Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise Anna Turpin, 50, had pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts - including cruelty, false imprisonment, child abuse and torture of their children aged three to 30 - and will serve at least 25 years before they are eligible for parole.
The parents each spoke before the sentencing.
Louise Turpin spoke for herself, saying, "I'm sorry for everything I've done to hurt my children". "I believe our parents did their best to raise all 13 of us".
One of their sons, Joshua, said he still suffers from nightmares.
"I love my children so much".
"I thank God for all of my children", David Turpin's statement read, adding that he is sorry "if I've done anything to cause them harm".
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"My parents took my whole life from me but now I'm taking my whole life back", she continued. "I'm strong and I'm shooting through life like a rocket". "I love hanging out with my friends and life is great".
David Turpin and Louise Turpin are seen appearing in court for their sentencing on April 19, 2019.
The sentence came 15 months after the Turpins were arrested on January 14, 2018 and a day after an audio tape was released to the public of the 911 call made by the Turpin's then 17-year-old daughter who escaped their house and blew open the high-profile abuse case.
The court previously heard that the children were often tied up for "weeks or even months at a time".
"It's going to be a tough day for everyone - very emotional", said Jack Osborn, a lawyer representing the Turpins' adult children. I miss all of my children and will be praying for them. "Each one of them is a blessing from God", David said.
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Both parents offered tearful apologies in court, expressing their own hopes that their children succeed in all their endeavors. During the hearing on Friday, the children revealed some disturbing details of their captivity.
When the Turpin children were found in their Perris home in January 2018, they ranged from ages 2 to 29.
She used it to snap pictures of her younger sisters - all of whom were severely malnourished - chained to beds.
The victims were forbidden to shower a few times a year, were unable to use the toilet and none of them had ever seen a dentist.
The children were often tied up for "weeks or even months at a time", Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said past year.
One of the older children also told investigators that the couple would lock him and his siblings in cages as punishment and beat them with paddles.
Authorities discovered the couple had shackled their children to bed and did not feed them.
Some of the siblings appeared to lack basic knowledge of the world, being unfamiliar with what medicine and police were.
The desperate cry for help from the 17-year-old came after a lifetime of living in such isolation, the girl didn't know her address, the month, the year or what the word "medication" meant.
The teen had planned her escape for more than two years. She grabbed a deactivated cellphone found in the house and fled through a window before she called police.
Since police found him and his siblings at the Perris home a year ago, the son said he had learned how to ride a bike and now rides it everywhere he goes.