- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio judge has denied early release to a 77-year-old woman sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting she caused her 100-year-old mother’s death by severe neglect.

Mary Strawser pleaded guilty in March to reckless homicide and theft from an elderly person, and was eligible to apply for early release after 30 days in prison.

Prosecutors said Strawser neglected her mother, Blanche Cohen, for years, leaving her to die on a couch in a dilapidated trailer in Rushsylvania.

Logan County Common Pleas Judge Mark O’Connor denied Strawser’s request in a Monday ruling.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1MqZ26D ) Strawser wrote to O’Connor that high blood pressure kept her from caring for her mother, and she thought a developmentally disabled man also living in the trailer was taking care of her.

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