By MICHAEL MORTENSEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A local woman has been sentenced to one year in the Belknap County Corrections facility after pleading guilty to a felony charge of criminal neglect of an older adult.
Rachel Newton, 25, was sentenced Tuesday in Belknap County Superior Court.
Newton was charged in March 2016 with failing to give medicine and/or medical care to an 88-year-old woman who was suffering from a serious skin ulcer.
In addition to being incarcerated, Superior Court Justice James D. O'Neill III sentenced Newton to two years probation and ordered to participate in counseling and work programs, such as the CORE program, which provides courses dealing with decision-making skills, parenting, anger management, employment readiness and career and technical education. She was also given credit for 51 days of pretrial confinement.
Newton, who according to court records is variously listed as homeless or living at addresses on Pine Street and Cotton Hill Road, in Laconia, also pleaded guilty to possession of fentanyl — another felony. O'Neill handed down a concurrent sentence on the drug possession charge.
Court records show that if the elderly neglect charge had gone to trial the prosecution was prepared to call 24 witnesses, including four physicians and a nurse practitioner with expertise in wound care. The documents containing statements and records of interviews with the witnesses exceeded 1,000 pages, according to court documents.
Records show that 21 months after Newton had been indicted on the elderly neglect charge she was arrested on two charges of criminal trespass. While she was being booked at the county corrections facility on Dec. 24, 2017, she was found in possession of a suspicious substance, later determined to be fentanyl, according to records. She was released on personal recognizance bail two days later.
When Newton failed to appear for a Jan. 23 court appearance, the court issued a warrant for her arrest. She was subsequently arrested on Feb. 8, and has been held at the corrections facility since then.
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