Caregivers convicted of abusing autistic man sentenced
Video Report By Angelique Lizarde, Reporter - bio | email
VISTA (CNS) - Two caregivers convicted of abusing a 23-year-old severely autistic Valley Center man under their care were each sentenced Monday to one year in jail, but will not have to spend any more time behind bars due to credit for time already served.
Registered nurse Michael Dale Garritson, 62, was convicted April 22 of two felony counts of willful cruelty of a dependent adult likely to cause great bodily injury and four misdemeanor counts and acquitted on a seventh count.
Judge Adrienne Orfield placed him on three years probation, during which he will not be allowed to work as a nurse or caretaker, or contact the family of the victim.
Medical assistant Matthew Alexander McDuffie, 28, was found guilty this month of two misdemeanor counts of willful cruelty to a dependent adult and acquitted on two similar counts.
Both men worked for the victim's family for more than two years, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Mark Varnau.
They were taken into custody last September, after the victim's mother, Kim Oakley, gave investigators more than 2,000 individual video recordings documenting abuse of her 23-year-old son Jamey, the sergeant said.
The family set up a surveillance video system in his bedroom over a three-week period in August. The victim is severely autistic and does not speak, Varnau said.
Prosecutors said the abuse included poking the victim's eyes, bending and twisting his arms and pulling his hair.
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