A Pacific Grove woman convicted in Monterey County of abusing her elderly mother received an eight-year prison sentence today that was suspended pending completion of four years of probation, a prosecutor said. Monterey County Superior Court Judge Pamela Butler imposed the sentence on Patricia Conklin, 47, who was convicted of assaulting and endangering her 70-year-old mother at their home in Pacific Grove, Deputy District Attorney David Rabow said. According to prosecutors, Conklin, during an argument at their home, pushed her mother down, causing a fracture on one of her mother’s legs that required surgery.
The jury in the case found Conklin guilty of inflicting great bodily injury on a person over age 70, Rabow said. Jurors also rendered guilty verdicts on charges that Conklin endangered her mother’s welfare on March 9 by removing her from a skilled nursing facility where she was recovering from the leg injury, Rabow said. Conklin made threatening remarks to the facility’s staff and further endangered her mother by taking her to their home without qualified nursing care, assisting devises or working toilets, Rabow said.
Prosecutors alleged that Conklin removed her mother from the facility knowing that a court had just appointed a conservator for her mother and that Conklin had no authority to take her. Conklin read a statement to Butler in which the defendant did not take responsibility for her actions, according to Rabow. The judge told Conklin that violating the conditions of her probation over the four years would land her in jail for the eight-year term that the judge had suspended, Rabow said.
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