- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania woman accused of fatally neglecting her brother is seeking a plea deal with prosecutors.

Lawyers representing Joan Gensiak of Taylor, Lackawanna County, filed paperwork Tuesday to postpone pre-trial hearings because plea negotiations are underway.

Gensiak faces third-degree murder and other charges in the death of her 32-year-old brother Robert Gensiak last March.

Authorities said Robert Gensiak, who had Down syndrome, was shockingly neglected and underfed, weighing just 69 pounds when he died and suffering from open sores and insect bites.

Joan Gensiak’s mother Susan Gensiak and sister Rebekah Gensiak also are charged.

Rebekah Gensiak reached a plea deal calling for her to plead guilty to neglect of a dependent person. Other charges were dropped in exchange for her agreement to testify against Joan and Susan.



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