Featured News 2015 Man Gets 18 Months in Prison for Abusing Paraplegic at Nursing Home

Man Gets 18 Months in Prison for Abusing Paraplegic at Nursing Home

On May 26, 2015, a Birmingham man pleaded guilty to abusing a paraplegic patient at a nursing home in Alabaster in 2012. Meanwhile, a civil suit filed by the non-verbal patient's mother against the facility is moving through the courts.

R. Butler, 28, pleaded guilty to intentional abuse of a protected person in Shelby County Circuit Court. Following a plea agreement, Circuit Judge Dan Reeves sentenced Butler to 10 years in prison, however his term was split and he is required to serve 18 months in prison, with the rest of the term suspended.

Butler will also have to serve four years of supervised probation. If Butler violates any of the terms of his probation, he could have to serve the rest of his prison sentence.

The indictment filed on April 28, 2012 against Butler accused him of striking the victim in the face and head. In the plea deal, the state dismissed the charge accusing Butler of emotionally abusing and neglecting the victim by removing the life saving device and/ or call button light from the victim's hand or moving it out of reach.

Civil Suit Filed Against Chandler Health and Rehab Center

Butler worked at Chandler Health and Rehab Center in Alabaster, which is where the abuse occurred. The victim's mother filed a civil suit in April of 2014 against the facility and others allegedly involved in the case.

The lawsuit argues that while her son was a patient at the Alabaster facility, he was a victim of a pattern of intentional physical and emotional abuse.

One allegation says that Butler and three others intentionally committed multiple assaults and batteries upon the plaintiff as he was lay in bed helpless.

If you, or someone you love is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, reach out to a nursing home abuse lawyer for help.

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