Saturday, July 27, 2013
The Nebraska Supreme Court has reversed a conviction in a high-profile case involving charges of abuse of developmentally disabled adults in residential care.
The jury was permitted to review a document not in evidence --the prosecution's "road map"--a mistake that resulted in the reversal.
Huffington Post had noted the conviction:
A 31-year-old man has been convicted of abusing residents at a state-run center for developmentally disabled people in Nebraska.
Pangborn was charged with beating and choking residents when he worked at the Beatrice State Developmental Center last summer.
Sixteen employees were suspended after an investigation found that at least seven of the center's developmentally disabled residents were routinely slapped, shoved, violently pinched, punched, ridiculed and choked. Five workers were initially charged with abuse.
Pangborn is the only one to face trial, after the four others pleaded to reduced charges.
The Beatrice Daily Sun had this report on the sentencing. (Mike Frisch)