Second elder abuse defendant sentenced to 180 days

Published 8:47 am Thursday, December 23, 2010

Just like Brianna Broitzman in October, elder-abuse co-defendant Ashton Larson received a sentence of two years on probation and a staggered 180-day jail sentence.

Her lawyer asked for the sentence to begin Monday because of the Christmas holiday. Freeborn County District Court Judge Steven Schwab denied the request, sending her to jail immediately.

Ashton Larson

Under the sentencing, Larson will serve 60 days in jail immediately, 60 days will begin July 22, 2011, and 60 days will begin Dec. 22, 2011. Because the Freeborn County jail does not house women inmates, Larson will be transferred to a jail in another county.

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Larson, 20, is one of six young women who faces charges tied to allegations of abuse of residents at the Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea nursing home from January through May 2008. She and Broitzman have been charged as adults, and the remaining four young women were charged as juveniles with failure to report suspected abuse because they were under 18 at the time of the alleged abuse.

Larson stood and turned to the victims’ families in the gallery at the courtroom to read a statement. She said, in tears, she understood if they didn’t accept the apology. She said she was willing to speak to them anytime about anything.

“This has made me grow up very fast, and I know what I did was extremely harmful and dumb,” she said.

Schwab also sentenced Larson — who pleaded guilty in October to three counts of disorderly conduct by a caregiver, all gross misdemeanors — to eight days of community service for each count, two of which must be served each month.

She will be required to complete a psychological assessment, submit letters of apology to the families of the three victims in the case, complete one-on-one education with ElderCare Rights Alliance and meet with the victims’ families if they so choose to ask questions.