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Caregiver sentenced to 12 years in prison for abusing elderly patients at Arvada facility

Gwendolyn Phillis Kentris
Posted at 7:37 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 09:37:14-04

ARVADA, Colo. — A caregiver was sentenced to a dozen years in prison after she pleaded guilty to abusing elderly women at an Arvada faculty.

Gwendolyn Phillis Kentris, 45, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for assaulting two female patients at the Ralston Creek Neighborhood, a care and memory facility in Arvada.

She worked at the facility as a caregiver.

Authorities began an investigation into Kentris in March 2018, when officers with the Arvada Police Department were called to the care center in reference to an injured resident. Staff at the center told police they had heard and seen alarming behavior by Kentris while she was in the victim’s room.

The 74-year-old woman, who had Alzheimer’s disease, was taken to the hospital with a fractured hand, abrasions and lacerations to her head, nose, elbow, forearm and knee cap. She had a swollen lip and bruising on her fingers.

A description of the second female’s injuries was not available.

District Attorney Pete A. Weir said the Elder Abuse Unit works closely with law enforcement to protect older adults.

Kentris pleaded guilty to two felonies: second-degree assault and third-degree assault of an at-risk adult. On Monday, she was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

This is her fourth felony conviction.