STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania — A man and woman have been convicted of third-degree murder in the death of an elderly stroke victim who was in their care four years ago.
Jurors in Monroe County deliberated for more than seven hours before convicting 45-year-old John Tedesco and 38-year-old Tina Tedesco of Ross Township.
The panel also convicted the couple Friday of neglecting care for a dependent person, conspiracy, theft and evidence-tampering in the August 2011 death of 70-year-old Barbara Rabins.
Prosecutors allege that the couple took $3,300 a month from Rabins for a dozen years but failed to care for her. They allege that the woman was left in her own urine and feces and lost more than 100 pounds in a year.
John Tedesco took the stand to testify that he and his wife did their best to care for Rabins, but struggled to get needed help and health insurance coverage.
He said they knew she needed more care, but Rabins refused it and following a 2010 stroke became belligerent and would no longer allow the couple to properly care for her.
Earlier this year, the defendants withdrew guilty pleas to third-degree murder charges and decided to go to trial.
Mike Mancuso, the county's first assistant district attorney, credited jurors for patience and hard work and said "Justice was done for Barbara."
Tina Tedesco's mother, Luisa Finamore, said after the verdict that "the system stinks."
"They don't even know the kind of people my daughter and son-in-law really are," she said.