Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sentenced for Elder Abuse

Corey Gonzales has been sentenced to three years and eight months in a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facility for abusing an elder while serving as a caregiver.

Petaluma police officers arrested Gonzales on Oct. 11 after receiving a report that an elder living in an apartment complex for seniors was calling for help. An officer found a 67-year-old woman sitting on her couch, in need of immediate medical attention.

She previously had suffered a stroke, and is paralyzed on the left side of her body. She reported that Gonzales, her caregiver, had left her without access to a motorized wheelchair, and she therefore was unable to move from the couch. Due to this neglect, she sustained extremely inflamed, open sores throughout her body.

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Anonymous said...

Three years and eight months?

I hope California has truth in sentencing laws or this low-life will be out in 1/2 the time, or less for good behavior.

In my opinion, the sentence isn't harsh enough, but with the states in a financial serious bind, many offenders will never see a jail cell and that is going to be a disaster.

Anonymous said...

I can't think of much worse than being vulnerable and abused by your own caregiver.

People can sink soooo low.

Three years and 8 months is nothing.