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Jones To Serve Jail Time For Battering Elderly Woman To Whom She Was A Caregiver

MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Milwaukee County woman has been sentenced for her conviction of Battery. On April 15, 2008, Mary Ann Jones, 48, entered a plea to the charge of Battery. She was sentenced on Monday.


Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Moroney sentenced Jones to serve four months in jail followed by 8 months probation. While on probation, Jones will be required to complete an anger management program, maintain employment, and avoid work as a caregiver for residents or resident facilities. If Jones fails to comply with the terms of probation, she may serve five months in addition to the four that she would have already served. Jones must also pay a fine of $300 in addition to the Court Costs of the action. If Jones fails to pay the fine, she will be incarcerated for an additional 60 days.


"Elderly citizens in need of care place their trust in their caregivers," Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. "When that trust is abused when there is abuse my office will prosecute when we have jurisdiction."


According to the Department of Justice's criminal complaint, Jones was employed as a caregiver at a resident facility located at 4635 N. 66th Street, Milwaukee. Jones was witnessed grabbing the victim by the front lapels and shoving her down to the ground. The victim was heard crying out, "Please don't hit me again. Are you going to hit me again?" and "Please help me! Someone help me!" In her statement to police, Jones stated the victim simply lost her balance and fell to the ground. The victim suffered pain and swelling to her right arm as a result of the defendant's conduct.


The case was investigated by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Eric Defort.