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Jury convicts former Long Island nursing home worker, 3 nurses in resident's death


RIVERHEAD, New York — A former Long Island nursing home worker and three nurses have been convicted in the 2012 death of a 72-year-old resident.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/1HjFakw ) a jury found 50-year-old Christine Boylan, 52-year-old Victoria Caldwell, 54-year-old Marianne Fassino and 33-year-old Kimberly Lappe guilty Thursday of charges that include neglect and falsifying business records.

Prosecutors say the workers attempted to cover up the death of 72-year-old Aurelia Rios by lying to investigators.

The verdict comes one day after 63-year-old respiratory therapist Kethlie Joseph was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the death.

Rios had a tracheotomy and was put in a short-term rehabilitation unit to help wean her off the ventilator. Authorities say Joseph failed to attach Rios to the ventilator.

The women will be sentenced on Sept. 15.

Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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