Nurse Received Five Years in Prison for Setting Fire to a Nursing Home Resident

A former nurse at a nursing home has been sentenced to five years in prison in the burning death of a patient. The Messenger reported that the 52-year-old registered nurse received the sentence on a reckless homicide charge in the death of the 48-year-old man, who was a patient in the Nursing Home.

The nurse was initially charged with arson and murder. The prosecutor later requested the arson charge be dismissed and the murder charge was downgraded. At her sentencing hearing before the County Circuit Court on Monday, the former nurse apologized to the man's family and her colleagues, but offered no explanation of why she set the fire in February 2007. 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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