TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ A Tucson man who was convicted of abusing his
incapacitated girlfriend by failing to care for her has been sentenced to 1 1/2
years in prison.
Christopher Joseph Lopez pleaded guilty in October to vulnerable adult
abuse/domestic violence. The Arizona Daily Star reports
the 48-year-old man was sentenced Thursday.
Authorities say Lopez’s girlfriend was incapacitated by a stroke about 10 years
ago and he was being paid by the state to care for her.
Prosecutors said that in early February, a neighbor found the woman on the
floor covered in feces and urine. The woman told police she had been on the
floor for about three weeks but declined to cooperate with prosecutors and went
home with Lopez.
Authorities were called to the couple’s home again following a dispute and
found the woman in her own waste.
Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com