A.G. Schneiderman Announces Jail Time For Nursing Home Aide Who Punched Resident

News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

November 17, 2016

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Sonya King To Serve Weekend Incarceration, Probation For Punching 87 Year-Old Resident 

Schneiderman: Nursing Home Staffers Who Physically Endanger Residents Will Be Held Accountable 

UTICA – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that Sonya King, 42, a Certified Nurse Aide, was sentenced on her plea of guilty to Endangering the Welfare of a Vulnerable Elderly Person or an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the Second Degree, before Oneida County Court Judge Michael L. Dwyer.

King had previously admitted that on January 23, 2016, at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Utica, she punched an 87 year-old male resident on the right side of his face causing fractures of the right orbit of the right eye, non-displaced fractures of the right and left nasal bones, and a non-displaced fracture of the right zygomatic arch (the bone below the eye).

“Nursing home residents and their loved ones deserve the peace of mind of knowing that residents will receive the best care possible, and will be treated with the utmost respect,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “To physically assault an elderly resident is utterly reprehensible. This sentence sends the message that nursing home staffers who endanger the welfare of those in their care will be held accountable.”

King resides in Utica, New York. She worked at Focus for one and one half years. 

Judge Dwyer sentenced King to four months of weekend incarceration plus five years of probation.

The case was investigated by Special Investigator Scott D. Petucci.  The case is being prosecuted by Ralph D. Tortora, III, Regional Director, Syracuse Regional Office of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Catherine Wagner is Chief of Criminal Investigations-Upstate. William Falk is the Deputy Chief Investigator Upstate. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by MFCU Director Amy Held and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Paul J. Mahoney.