updated 9/9/2008 5:29:10 PM ET 2008-09-09T21:29:10

A drifter accused of helping her gang torture an 11-year-old boy was sentenced Tuesday to 37 years in prison.

Michaela Clerc, 21, and her gang scalded, whipped and starved the child and stuffed him in a closet in a house they rented in Portage.

According to a criminal complaint, the boy told detectives that everyone in the gang, including his mother and sister, had beat him.

Investigators discovered the body of the boy's mother buried behind the house.

Clerc pleaded no contest to four charges in February and was sentenced Tuesday by Columbia County Circuit Judge Alan White.

Investigators said Clerc roamed the country with a band of identity thieves that included the boy, his sister and their mother.

The group settled in Portage, about 40 miles north of Madison, in February 2007 because they wanted to see snow, according to court documents.

Two others charged in the torture and killing have agreed to plea deals but not yet been sentenced. The case against the boy's 16-year-old sister has been moved to juvenile court.

Clerc got 25 years in prison on a mayhem charge, seven years on a child abuse charge and five years on a charge of causing mental harm to a child. The sentences will run consecutively. She also was sentenced to three years on a false imprisonment charge, to run at the same time as the other terms, and 25 years of extended supervision.

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