Staunton Woman Gets 10 Years Prison for Neglect Leading to Elderly Man's Death

According to NBC29, a judge recently ordered a Staunton woman to serve the maximum sentence in an elder abuse case that ended in the death of an elderly man in her care. The 50-year-old woman, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of abuse-and-neglect of an incapacitated adult.

The woman was the sole caregiver for the male victim who was 85-year-old.  After the man's death in May 2010, an autopsy revealed that the man was emaciated and had suffered multiple injuries before his death. The common wealth attorney's office had initially considered charging the woman with murder, but did not have sufficient evidence to link the abuse to the man's death. Instead,they alleged that the abuse and neglect of this man had caused him great bodily harm. This is the second case of elder neglect  and abuse in Staunton to receive national attention in recent weeks.  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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