Monday, September 13, 2021

Man convicted of elder abuse, torture in San Luis Obispo

by Peter Lopez
A 38-year-old has man pleaded no contest to elder abuse and torture against his 79-year-old foster mother.

According to the San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office, Matthew Leroy Ehens was arrested on August 2 after he got into an argument with his foster mother and poured a pot of boiling peanut oil on her face and upper body. The DA’s Office says Ehens then stabbed her in the back with a large knife and took off. Ehens was arrested after he crashed his vehicle during a chase with law enforcement.

“The victim is a courageous survivor of a horrible crime inflicted on her a person whom she raised,” said Dan Dow, District Attorney. “Our community will not tolerate elder abuse. I encourage those who suffer from or witness elder abuse to report these crimes to law enforcement.”

The DA’s Office says the 79-year-old woman suffered burns over 17% of her body and required hospitalization and skin grafting.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled to take place on Sept 20 where Ehens faces 8-years-to-life in state prison.
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