A Visalia man was convicted Wednesday of elder abuse for handcuffing his uncle to a shed in his backyard, Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward said.
Ward said that Marcos Vincent Abrego was sentenced to a four-year suspended state prison sentence with four years of felony probation and 120 days in jail for the crime.
On Oct. 31, 2013, witnesses saw the 76-year-old man attached to the shed in Abrego’s yard. The man was thin, dehydrated, shirtless and yelling for help, Ward said.
When police arrived, they found the elderly man inside the home with gashes on his wrists and ankles consistent with handcuffs and zip-ties, Ward said. The victim suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and was under Abrego’s care.
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Ward said the victim now lives in a skilled nursing facility.