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Caregiver sentenced for neglecting elderly patients

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Posted at 10:43 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 13:13:38-05

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A former caregiver who left five dementia patients alone for six hours without care has been convicted by a Colorado jury of five counts of at-risk neglect.

The Weld County District Attorney’s Office says Briana Mashek, of Evans, was subsequently sentenced her to 7 1/2 years in jail.

The Greeley Tribune reports that prosecutors say on Sept. 4, 2017, Mashek left her shift at the at an assisted living and memory care facility in Evans without telling her supervisor.

Another caregiver arrived for an overnight shift and found the patients, including one who fell from a chair and was on the ground for more than four hours.

Mashek later told police she had not been getting along with her boss and decided to leave without notifying anyone.