Thursday, November 05, 2009

Ex-nursing home employee gets jail

LAS CRUCES - A 35-year-old former nursing home employee convicted of resident abuse received the maximum jail sentence in Las Cruces District Court on Wednesday, according to District Attorney Susana Martinez.

Judge Lisa Schultz sentenced Joseph Anthony Garcia to the maximum 18 months in jail, plus four years' enhancement for two prior convictions on felony charges of breaking and entering and cocaine trafficking.

Garcia, with a P.O. Box in Las Cruces and street addresses in Truth or Consequences and Albuquerque, was indicted on a charge of abuse of a nursing home resident on Sept. 7, 2007.

Garcia's background was never checked before becoming employed at Las Cruces Nursing Home, Martinez said. While working there, Garcia beat a 76-year-old man about the head, chest, stomach and back while preparing him for bed, Martinez said. She said the man has since recovered.

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