CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –
Judgement day for the heartless losers who let a sick elderly woman die while she was in their care.
Michael Debartolo and Steven Kerr lived next door to the 83-year-old victim’s Lakewood penthouse.
Debartolo, presenting himself as her caregiver, failed to provide care for the victim from November 2007 to May 2008. The victim died on May 14, 2008, as a result of a blood infection and from the discontinuation of anti-seizure medication.
Her death was ruled a homicide due to medical neglect.
Additionally, both defendants stole money from the victim between 2003 and May 2008, totaling approximately $80,000.
On August 26, 2011, 51-year-old Debartolo was found guilty by a jury of involuntary manslaughter, failing to provide for a functionally-impaired person and theft.
While Debartolo faced a maximum of 19½ years in prison, he was only sentenced to serve three years.
78-year-old Kerr was found guilty by a jury of one count of theft. He faced a maximum of eight years in prison, but was sentenced to one year probation.
Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News