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Victim’s son reacts to guilty pleas
Rochester, N.Y. -- Last year, Angel Pabon suspected his 68-year-old father, Miguel, was being neglected and mistreated at Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
He later reported his suspicions to the state Attorney General's Office, which decided to pursue a hidden-camera investigation that confirmed Pabon's fears.
Pabon's father died in March at age 68.
The Attorney General's Office has since charged at least 10 employees at Blossom North with neglect and willful violation of public health law, among other charges.
Three of those charged have pleaded guilty.
On Friday, Junetta Jenkins, 52, of Rochester, pleaded guilty to falsifying business records, endangering the welfare of a disabled person and willful violation of public health law. She will face 2-3 years of probation and 140 hours of community service.
On Thursday, Krista Stevenson and Christy Holmes also pleaded guilty. Stevenson surrendered her nursing license as well.
Pabon said he'd like to see stronger sentences, but said he empathizes with the process and the circumstances of those being charged.
"They have family," he said, reflecting on the time he spent with his father. "I don't want them to lose time with their family members."
He does, however, have stronger words for Blossom North.
"For the nursing home, see if they can provide better care," he continued. "If not, they need to close down sooner or later."
During an interview in March, Pabon talked about the negative effects the neglect had on his father's already declining health.
"With the proper care, he might still be here," said Pabon. "It's bittersweet because I know these people are going to come to justice, but it's just sickening they would do this."
13WHAM News reached out to Blossom North for comment, but it has not yet responded to those requests.