Robert Hooks was sentenced to two years' house arrest this morning in Dougherty Superior Court in connection with the death of his elderly mother. The possible sentences could have run up to seven years, but the judge handed down the two-year sentence.
In April, Robert Hooks entered a guilty plea of involuntary Manslaughter after fatally neglecting to take care of his 84-year-old mother Jewel Hooks, in June 2006. He was originally charged with felony murder, but a plea deal reduced those charges.
"He failed to provide appropriate medical attention as a care taker and failed to provide actual substances such as food and water," said Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards.
SOWEGA Council on Aging Assistant Director Debbie Blanton says there are red flags you can spot when it comes to elder abuse. Things such as sudden isolation, missing from activities that person would normally show up to and even financial control could be signs of elder abuse and if you spot this, the last thing you should do is be silent.
"Report, that's the biggest thing I can say. If you even suspect the least little bit call us and we'll give you the number to adult protective services," said Blanton. "As our population ages we will, have more instances of people that will be vulnerable," said Edwards.
And the elder population shouldn't fall in trap of taking abuse in fear of losing their independence.