Woman to serve 9 months for exploitation of vulnerable person | Crime
HINDS COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A Canton woman was sentenced Monday in Hinds County Circuit Court to nine months in jail after entering an open plea to one count of exploitation of a vulnerable person. An open plea means she refused the state's recommended sentence and threw herself on the mercy of the court.
Elviolet Brooks, 30, pleaded guilty in June to improperly using a Social Security check of a vulnerable person for herself. She admitted to taking approximately $674, according to Attorney General Jim Hood.
Brooks was the representative payee for the victim’s Social Security benefits, according to Hood.
Hood said the victim in this case is a mentally disturbed man who had to be hospitalized after being left alone for six days.
The man was found living in a condemned house with no electricity. During this time, the man was not given his medication, and he didn’t eat. There was also an "overwhelming stench of a chicken rotting in the kitchen sink."
Brooks was sentenced to three years with two years and three months suspended followed by three years of supervised probation.
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