- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A woman convicted of neglecting her 32-year-old care-dependent brother, who had Down syndrome, has been resentenced to the same six- to 15-year sentence overturned by an appeals court.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court threw out the sentence last month, saying the Lackawanna County judge hadn’t adequately explained the term imposed on 37-year-old Joan Gensiak, which exceeded even the aggravated range of the commonwealth’s sentencing guidelines.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1SOJ4VW ) reports that Judge Margaret Moyle rejected defense pleas for leniency Wednesday and cited eight factors, including the severity of the offense and the victim’s prolonged, painful death. Gensiak’s attorney vowed another appeal.

Gensiak, her sister and her mother pleaded guilty in connection with the March 2013 death of Robert Gensiak, who weighed 69 pounds and was covered in scabies.


Information from: The Times-Tribune, https://thetimes-tribune.com/



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