Unlicensed Care Home Operator Sentenced

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A Kauai man has been sentenced to five years in prison for the neglect of an elderly resident.

In December 2004, Jason Craig arranged to care for an 82-year-old man who suffered from Parkinson's Disease and dementia at $4,000 a month.

During a physical examination three months later, the elderly man's doctor found him to be emanciated, extremely weak and dehydrated.  The man had lost 20 pounds under Craig's care.

The man was admitted to Wilcox Memorial Hospital in critical condition.  Hospital staff determined he was suffering from sepsis and had had a small heart attack.  He recovered from his injuries but died several months later of respiratory failure.

The elderly man's wife later discovered Craig did not have a license to operate the care home.

Craig was found guilty of assault in the second degree and for operating a care home without a license.