SOUTH SOUND: Former nursing aide gets 366 days in prison

jpawloski@theolympian.comJanuary 11, 2014 

A judge sentenced a 23-year-old former nursing assistant at Garden Courte Memory Care Community on Lilly Road to a year and a day in prison Friday for shoving a soapy washcloth in a 90-year-old dementia patient’s mouth in July.

Cameron Malizio had earlier pleaded guilty under an Alford plea to a count of second-degree assault in connection with the case. Under an Alford plea, a defendant pleads guilty, but technically does not admit committing the crime.

As a condition of Malizio’s plea agreement, he must give up his nursing assistant’s license for life. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor sentenced Malizio pursuant to a plea agreement entered into last week by both the prosecutor and the defense attorney in the case.

A second employee also has been charged with second-degree assault, and her case is pending.

During Malizio’s sentencing Friday, he said he was sorry and took responsibility for the incident.

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