LINCOLN — Two more people were convicted Monday on charges related to abusing residents at the Beatrice State Developmental Center.
Both made plea agreements with prosecutors.
Cody Creek, 23, of Beatrice pleaded no contest to a charge of attempted abuse of a vulnerable adult. The charge had been reduced from abuse of a vulnerable adult. A second charge of strangulation was dismissed.
Carmen Yates, 34, of Beatrice also pleaded no contest to one count of attempted abuse, reduced from abuse. A charge of theft by unlawful taking was previously dismissed.
Gage County District Judge Paul Korslund found Creek and Yates guilty and set sentencing for both on Sept. 5. Attempted abuse of a vulnerable adult is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine. The original charge of abuse was a Class 3A felony.
In all, four former center employees have been convicted for their part in allegedly choking, hitting, pushing and stealing from developmentally disabled men at the center. The men all lived in 106 Kennedy, a unit that has since been closed down.
A jury trial for a fifth former employee, Matthew Pangborn, 31, of Beatrice, is to start July 9. Pangborn is charged with six counts of abusing a vulnerable adult and five of strangulation.
The century-old Beatrice institution serves people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. Most also have physical disabilities or mental illnesses.
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