• Convicted Elder Abuser from Pacific Grove Loses Probation

     Probation violations on original suspended sentence result in 8-year sentence

    Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announced that the Honorable Pamela L. Butler sentenced Patricia Conklin, age 47, of Pacific Grove, to eight years in state prison on three separate counts of elder abuse involving her 77- year-old mother. The defendant was found guilty by a jury trial on August 12, 2013. Originally, the defendant had been placed on felony probation with the eight year prison sentenced suspended pending successful completion of probation. On July 25, 2014, Conklin was found in violation of several terms and conditions of probation following a protracted probation violation hearing which resulted in the imposition of the eight year sentence.

    The convictions stem from two separate incidents. The first involved an argument at their home in Pacific Grove where Conklin pushed her mother who fell and was injured. Conklin called 911 and said her mother slipped but her mother could be heard yelling that she was thrown down. The victim told the officers and paramedics that she was pushed as well. She was transported to CHOMP where she was diagnosed with an intertrochanteric fracture, a fracture of the top of the femur bone just below the ball portion at the hip. The injury required surgery where metal implants were inserted into the center of the bone and connected to prevent further damage and allow healing. The jury found true the special allegation that the defendant had personally inflicted great bodily injury on an elder over 70-years old.

    The second and third counts related to endangerment of her mother on March 9, 2013. On that day the defendant went to a skilled nursing facility where her mother was recovering from the surgery. Conklin went to the facility and demanded the release of her mother while accusing the staff of wanting her mother’s money. She also made threatening statements to the staff. She then took her mother home where she had failed to prepare for her mother’s return. The home had numerous tripping hazards, no assistive devices to help her mother and no qualified nursing care. The defendant also told police the toilets weren’t working.

    It was established during the trial that Conklin knew her mother had been conserved earlier that week. A conservatorship is a process in probate court whereby the court appoints someone to represent a person who lacks capacity to make decisions for herself. After her injury and surgery, the victim appeared to suffer a significant mental decline and the public guardian’s office had been appointed temporary conservator. This means that only they could consent to the removal of the victim from the care facility as they were charged with looking after her best interests.

    The case was investigated by the Pacific Grove Police Department and the Monterey Police Department. The victim was represented by Deputy Public Guardian Jennifer Empasis throughout the investigation and the entire court proceedings.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 24, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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