A mother who left her wheelchair-bound adult daughter to die in their mobile home alone has been sentenced.
Janet Wilson, 54, will serve three years for the death of her daughter, Rebecca Wilson, 32, in a New Jersey prison.
App.com reports Wilson wept from the empty jury box when Superior Judge Francis R. Hodgson allowed her to speak before handing down sentencing.
"I'm very sorry for what I've done," Wilson said. "I loved my daughter very much and I miss her terribly … And I'm just very sorry."
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The body of Rebecca Wilson was discovered by police in May of 2013 when they were called to the mobile home after reports of a foul odor, reports The Inquisitr.
Rebecca’s body was found on a hospital bed, along with a dead dog inside a steel cage, and trash littered the mobile home.
The mobile home was later condemned by Manchester code officials, citing it unfit for human occupancy.
Janet Wilson had abandoned her wheelchair-bound daughter and had been staying with friends or at local motels. She later fled to Reno, Nevada where she was later arrested at the Vagabond Motel on June 20, 2013.
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Wilson was charged with aggravated manslaughter, desecrating human remains, and neglect of a disabled adult.
Wilson had been receiving Social Security checks meant for Rebecca, and had withdrawn $600 from her daughter’s bank account to her own a mere three days before her arrest.
A plea agreement was reached in the case, wherein Wilson admitted guilt to reckless manslaughter. She received in exchange a three-to-five year sentence instead of the possible 10 years should she have chosen to fight the conviction.
There were no family or friends present during sentencing.
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