City woman convicted in attacks

December 19, 1990|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

A 27-year-old northeast Baltimore woman has been convicted of two counts of battery involving two elderly and disabled patients in a Catonsville nursing home.

Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Joseph F. Murphy yesterday gave Jewel Lynne Miller, of the 3000 block of Tennessee Ave., an 18-month suspended sentence and placed her on three years of supervised probation.

As a condition of her probation, Miller must undergo therapy, said Assistant Maryland Attorney General Timothy X. Sokas.

Miller entered an Alford plea before Judge Murphy.

An Alford plea is not an outright admission of guilt but an acknowledgment by the defense that the evidence is overwhelming and likely would result in a conviction if the case went to trial.

According to Sokas, Miller committed the attacks in July while working as a geriatric nursing assistant at St. Martin's Nursing Home. The incidents involved a 67-year-old woman, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and a 74-year-old woman, who suffers from severe heart failure and a seizure disorder.

"Now she has a criminal conviction," Sokas said of Miller. "We're hoping this will prevent her from taking another job in this field."

Miller's case was prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office, which investigates patient abuse in facilities that receive funds from the state Medicaid program.

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