Man Sentenced 60 Years in Prison After Random Attack on Female Nursing Home Resident

A man with a history of mental issues who broke into a nursing home three years ago and beat an elderly woman to the brink of death was sentenced Monday to 60-years in prison. Charges against the man were elevated to murder after the 78-year-old died six months after the attack.

Employees at the nursing home heard an alarm go off on the evening of Oct. 10, 2009, but told police they did  not see anything unusual until the man appeared in the hallway holding a fork. The man sat down in one of the chairs in the hall and asked staff if they were going to call the police on him. The man who snuck into the resident's room while she was sleeping, later told police his intention was to see how much he could beat her without killing her.

The suspect was born with fetal alcohol syndrome and was off his medication for schizophrenia at the time of the beating, said his defense attorney. However, the man was not legally insane because of comments he made which implied that he understood the difference between right and wrong. 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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