October 18th, 2010
Ashton Larson of Albert Lea, Minn. has reached a plea deal with prosecutors that will drop more than a dozen felony charges against the 20-year-old woman.
This nursing home abuse case saw Larson charged with about twenty counts of elder abuse in connection with her time spent working at the Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea.
Larson’s pre-trial hearing was originally scheduled for last week but a plea deal has been reached and the trial has been canceled.
Attorney’s filed the plea as an Alford Plea, meaning Larson agrees there’s enough evidence against her that a jury could find her guilty but she isn’t admitting guilt.
In the deal, Larson pleaded guilty to three counts of disorderly conduct by a caregiver.
The judge has ordered a pre-sentence investigation to determine a sentence. The sentence is scheduled to be handed down on December 22, 2010.
This case has gained national attention as it involves the alleged sexual, physical, and emotional abuse of nursing home residents by teenage certified nursing assistants.