Aug. 12, 2013
A Pacific Grove woman could see up to 11 years in prison for abusing her 77-year-old mother, according to a release from the Monterey County District Attorney’s office.
Patricia Conklin, 47, was convicted on three counts of elder abuse in a jury trial that began on Aug. 5. Deliberations spanned the weekend, beginning on Friday before the final verdict was rendered on Monday.
The convictions stem from two events.
In the first, Conklin pushed her mother during a verbal argument, causing the elderly woman to fall. When Conklin called 911 to advise her mother had slipped, dispatchers could hear her mother yelling she’d been thrown down. Transported to Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, the woman was diagnosed with an intertrochanteric fracture, a fracture on the top of the femur bone just below the ball portion of the hip. The injury resulted in necessary surgery and several metal implants.
The second and third counts relate to endangerment on March 9. On that day, Conklin went to a skilled nursing facility to retrieve her mother from the surgery. At the location, Conklin demanded her mother’s release and accused the staff of wanting her mother’s money. She then threatened the staff and took her mother from the facility to her home which was ill-prepared for the elderly woman’s return.
During the trial, attorneys established Conklin knew her mother had been conserved earlier in the week. After her injury and surgery, the elderly woman appeared to suffer significant mental decline and a conservatorship was established with the public guardian’s office. This meant that only the public guardian’s office could consent to the elderly woman’s release from the care facility.
The case was investigated by the Pacific Grove Police Department and the Monterey Police Department. The victim was represented by Deputy Public Guardian Jennifer Empasis.
Judge Pamela Butler will sentence Conklin at 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 13. The sentence could range from felony probation up to 11 years in prison.
SOURCE: The Californian.com
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