Owner of Kirkland adult home sentenced to 1 year

The former owner of an adult family home in Kirkland has been sentenced to a year in jail for an elderly woman's preventable death.

Patricia Goodwill pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal mistreatment and was sentenced Friday. The 62-year-old admitted she created an "imminent and substantial risk of death" by failing to ensure proper care for 87-year-old Jean Rudolph at Houghton's Lakeview adult home. Rudolph died of untreated pressure sores after she languished for three weeks without proper treatment.

The Seattle Times reports that the conviction and sentence could have broad implications for those who provide care to the elderly. The newspaper's "Seniors for Sale" series found hundreds of seniors who had been injured or died prematurely from substandard care inside adult homes, usually at the hands of scantly trained caregivers.

Goodwill told the court Friday that she made a "tragic decision" to trust her caregiver, Effie Tutor, while she provided care to her 3-year-old grandson, who later died from cancer. Tutor is serving 31 months.