- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - A 37-year-old Diller man has pleaded no contest to an amended charge in the abuse case of a Beatrice State Developmental Center resident.

Beatrice radio station KWBE reports (https://bit.ly/2e6A5Xp ) that Shawn Ebeling entered the plea Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of attempted abuse of a vulnerable adult. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a more serious felony charge.

Ebeling faces up to a year in jail when he’s sentenced Jan. 5.

Another employee of the center reported that Ebeling punched a patient on Aug. 24, and then manhandled the patient until the patient’s face struck the handle of a fuse box. Ebeling told investigators he got upset when the resident tried to bite him and he pushed “a little too hard.”

The facility houses and treats disabled residents.


Information from: KWBE-AM.

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