Friday, October 29, 2010

Nursing Home Abuse Suspect Sentenced

Brianna Broitzman, who was accused of physically and sexually abusing nursing home residents in Albert Lea, was sentenced to 180 days in jail Friday afternoon.

Broitzman was given a staggered sentence. She was immediately taken to jail where she will serve 60 days. Under the agreement she'll serve another 60 days in May and another 60 in October.

However, she will be allowed the file an "option to stay" the final 120 days of her sentence. Judge Steven Schwab called it the most complicated sentence he's ever given.

Broitzman will also be required to write letters of apology to the victims and will have to meet with the victim's families. She'll also have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Broitzman was among several nursing aides accused of mistreating residents at the Good Samaritan Society in 2008 by groping, poking and taunting them.

She pleaded guilty to three gross misdeamenors using the Alford Plea, which means she claimed she was innocent, but acknowledged there was enough evidence to convict her.

Her co-defendant, Ashton Larson, is scheduled for court in December.

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