- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Eight Long Island nursing home employees indicted in the 2012 death of a resident have rejected plea deals.

Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/16NVRqm ) says the defendants turned down the state attorney general’s offers Monday at a Riverhead courtroom. Some of the deals involved no jail time.

The trials are set to begin in April. Charges include patient neglect and falsifying business records.

The patient, Aurelio Rios of Central Islip, died of a heart attack Oct. 26, 2012 at the Medford Multicare Center for Living. Prosecutors say she wasn’t attached to a ventilator at night as ordered by her doctor. They say the nursing staff ignored audible and visual warnings for nearly two hours that Rios was in medical distress.

Only one nurse’s aide has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the others.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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