A Jones County abuse trial concluded on Jan. 7, 2020, with the guilty pleas of two nursing home aides who stood accused of abusing elderly residents at their place of employment. Both Vonshell Laquon Napier and Beverly Burney Jackson submitted guilty pleas in response to multiple felony charges of mental abuse of an elder person, causing physical pain to an elderly person, exploitation and intimidation of a disabled adult, elder person, or resident.
An excerpt from the indictment read at the Jones County abuse trial stated that in Jan. 2018, both aides threatened and assaulted an elderly male resident of the long-term care nursing home that they worked at. After an investigation by the Jones County police, Vonshell Laquon Napier and Beverly Burney Jackson were arrested on Feb. 14, 2018. Shortly after their arrest, both women were released on bond.
Six months after their release on bond, Vonshell Napier’s attorney filed a special demurrer attempting to have the case dismissed for lack of evidence and clarity in the charges. This motion was denied and eventually led to both Napier and Jackson agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the Jones County abuse trial.
According to statements from the Jones County Sheriff’s Office recorded by NBC Channel 41, Vonshell Napier pleaded guilty to four different counts of exploitation of a disabled adult while Beverly Jackson received only two charges of exploitation of a disabled adult.
Following the results of the Jones County abuse trial, the Superior Court of Jones County, Georgia, released a statement informing reporters that each charge that Napier and Jackson face carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. For now, both aides will be required to await the sentencing hearing which is currently scheduled for Jan. 12, 2020.
For more information about physical abuse and how to pursue legal action as a result, visit the National Association of Nursing Home Attorney’s Physical Abuse Page.