A San Diego caregiver who prosecutors say killed an elderly man and imprisoned a disabled woman for at least 11 years was sentenced to 13 years in prison Friday.
Shirley Montano, 53, pleaded guilty in January to manslaughter in connection with the 2016 death of Robert Chagas, 74, The Associated Press reported . She also admitted to imprisoning Josefina Kellogg, 60, in her home for at least 11 years after taking her cellphone and walker.
Montano was supposed to be caring for Chagas, but instead allowed him to die in her care, local NBC affiliate KNSD reported . Chagas died of pneumonia caused by severe malnutrition, but a medical examiner could not determine if he had been deliberately starved.
Chagas’ sister-in-law, Tamara Chagas, said he had been 250 pounds in earlier years, but told KNSD he looked “emaciated” at his funeral.
Kellogg was held in Montero’s home for somewhere between 11 and 23 years, according to KNSD. Montero stole Kellogg’s belongings then collected and spent her disability checks. At one point, Kellogg weighed only 81 pounds while in Montero’s care, prosecutors said.
Montero pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, false imprisonment of an elder, perjury by false information, KNSD reported. She agreed to a plea deal to avoid a possible sentence of 15 years to life.
The perjury charge was related to Montero’s theft of disability and retirement checks, according to the AP. She used the money to buy a car and gamble a lot, among other things.