Posted By: KLKN Newsroom
The final of five suspects convicted in the Beatrice State Developmental Center abuse cases was sentenced Wednesday in Gage County District Court. Matthew Pangborn was given 9-15 years in prison. Pangborn was found guilty of five charges related to abusing vulnerable adults in BSDC.
He was convicted on three counts of abusing a vulnerable adult, and two counts of strangulation. The abuse began in May of 2011.
Gage County Attorney Roger Harris, who prosecuted the case, said it was important that justice be served for the three victims in the case, who were unable to speak on their own behalf.
Harris said Pangborn hit a resident on top of the head "like a hammer" and instances of strangulation to the point the victim lost consciousness, one of which occurred in a van.
He will be eligible for parole in roughly 4 1/2 years and received credit for 326 days served.
In Oct., 2012, Pangborn was sentenced to 15-23 years following a jury trial. That ruling was appealed and reversed by the Nebraska Supreme Court last July, sending the case back to Gage County District Court for a retrial.
Pangborn is the fifth suspect in the abuse to be sentenced.
Matthew Johnson received two 1-4 year consecutive prison sentences, Cameron Barnes received 2-4 year consecutive prison sentences, Cody Creek was sentenced to 240 days in the county jail and Carmen Yates was sentenced to six months in jail.
Information source: Beatrice Daily Sun