PHOENIX — A Phoenix couple has been sentenced in the abuse and torture of
a mentally disabled man who later died.
A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman says Carlena Pinkerton and Joshua
Pinkerton received a 13-year and 7-year prison sentence, respectively.
Both will also be on lifetime probation.
Carlena Pinkerton pleaded guilty in May to second-degree murder and vulnerable
adult abuse. Joshua Pinkerton pleaded guilty to manslaughter and vulnerable
The couple was arrested in 2012 in the death of Carlena Pinkerton’s brother,
22-year-old James Roy Moore.
Phoenix police said Moore had multiple injuries and died at a hospital a day
after the Pinkertons left him there.
Authorities said a dehydrated and malnourished Moore was kept for long periods
in a 2-by-4-foot room containing only a water heater and a drain.