Former Virginia Nursing Home Aide Sentenced 60 Years in Prison for Abuse of Patients

Virginia man is sentenced after a trial in which the former nursing home aide, James Wright, blamed his four victims for the sexual assaults they endured, according to a psychological evaluation read at his court sentencing Friday. The evaluation describes the former caretaker of National HealthCare’s elderly residents as being consistent with that of the average rapist and molester.

These insights might have played a part in Circuit Judge Larry B. Kirksey’s decision to hand Wright 60 years in prison – 15 years per victim.  Thirty-three year-old Wright might not live to see freedom again. Moments before his sentence was announced, Wright offered apologies and accepted the blame for the assaults. “I do hope that the families and the people I have hurt can forgive me for what I have done,” he said.

Since Wright’s arrest last year, NHC-Bristol supervisors have been accused of both ignoring and failing to report suspected patient abuse. A state licensing board has fined and reprimanded former Director of Nursing Elizabeth Anne Franklin. Current home Administrator Charlotte Wilson and Nursing Supervisor Helen Roberts face possible sanctions against their licenses. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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