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Couple sentenced for abuse of incapacitated adult
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Monday, June 9, 2014

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Callaway couple who was found guilty in March of abusing an incapacitated adult was sentenced Thursday with the man receiving a five-year suspended sentence and the woman receiving eight years with all but nine months suspended.

Although Howard Jordan Jr., 39, will serve no time in prison, he was placed on probation for 24 months and ordered to be of good behavior for five years.

His wife, Rose Marie Jordan, 38, will serve nine months of an eight year-sentence. She will also be placed on probation for 24 months and ordered to be of good behavior for 10 years.

The condition of Rose Marie Jordan's father, William Wayne Michau, 66, came to light when the couple brought Michau to the emergency room at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital on Sept. 26, 2013.

Emergency room personnel testified in a day-long trial that Michau was found to have a large open bed sore on his lower back, one on his hip and sores on his genitals. He also suffered from dehydration and malnutrition.

Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen said that Michau required food and medication through a feeding tube about every four hours.

Testimony at the trial showed that the Jordans had been Michau's caretaker since 2002 after he was partially paralyzed in a car crash in South Carolina. The couple moved to Franklin County in 2003 and continued as caretakers for Michau.

Both Jordans testified that problems with transportation, Howard Jordan's work schedule and a repeatedly leaking feeding tube were contributing factors in Michau's condition.

Rose Jordan testified that a bed sore on Michau's back had grown over about a week to 10 days. She said she tried to treat it with over-the-counter medications.

However, an ER doctor and a physician's assistant, who treated Michau after he was brought to the hospital, said considering the size of the bedsore, it would have taken weeks to grow that large.

Defense attorneys William Drew Davis and Tony Anderson argued during the trial that there was no willful neglect. The couple simply did not have the means to care for Michau's growing issues, they said.

Allen stated that it wasn't what the Jordans did, it was what they didn't do. "They failed to act," he said.

In finding the Jordans guilty of abuse, Circuit Court Judge Stacey Moreau cited the testimony during the trial by ER personnel that it would have taken over two weeks for the bed sore infection on the victim's lower back to have reached that level of damage. She said that the Jordans knew the over-the-counter medications weren't working, but they still didn't do anything.

Moreau also noted that the feeding tube had been leaking since July and that Rose Jordan had acknowledged that Michau was losing weight and knew he was not getting enough food.

A sister of Michau told The Franklin News-Post Thursday that Michau is living with her now in South Carolina and doing well. She said Michau has gained 37 pounds, the bedsores have healed and he is now eating by mouth instead of through a feeding tube.

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