The story of a Sioux City resident robbery has begun to conclude with justice for the victim. 52-year-old, Ronald Taylor, has reversed his plea on the count of stealing large quantities of money from his ward,
The Sioux City resident robbery began on July 28, 2017, and continued until June 2019. During that time, Ronald Taylor served as power of attorney for a man who was residing at Holy Spirit Retirement Home. This resident had been deemed unable to handle his finances and therefore they were placed in the care of Taylor.
Unfortunately for this Sioux City resident, robbery was Taylor’s goal rather than responsibility according to the Sioux City Journal. According to the records of the Sioux City resident robbery, Ronald Taylor spent $22,883 of the victim’s savings for his own home renovations, repairs, energy bills, and cash withdrawal.
On Sept. 4, 2019, officers who were alerted to the Sioux City resident robbery arrested Taylor on one count of dependent adult abuse and one count of first-degree theft. Both of these accusations were felonies. 15 days later, on Sept. 19, 2019, Ronald Taylor submitted a written plea of “not guilty” to the Woodbury County District Court regarding both charges.
Taylor maintained the claim that he was being wrongfully convicted of actions that “wiped out” his dependent’s checking account without his ward’s notice. According to court documents of the Sioux City resident robbery, the dependent still had no idea that the money was gone.
In late February, however, the case changed. On Feb. 27, 2020, with trial looming, Ronald Taylor reversed his plea and instead plead guilty to one felony count of dependent adult abuse. As part of the plea bargain, however, the charge of first-degree theft, which would have seen Taylor imprisoned for up to a decade with a minimum penalty of $1,000, was dismissed.
With his new plea, Ronald Taylor will be sentenced on April 21, 2020, before the case is finally closed.
For more information about addressing and amending financial exploitation of nursing home residents, visit the National Association of Nursing Home Attorneys’ Financial Exploitation Page.