"A Fayette County woman faces up to 35 years in prison after being convicted of neglecting her mentally retarded cousin, who was found naked and covered in waste and sores in a camper-trailer on the woman's property.
A seven-men, five-women jury convicted Jewel Parsons on a charge of intentional neglect of an elder person on Tuesday after more than three hours of deliberations. Parsons, 44, of Fayetteville, also was found guilty of intentional neglect of an elder person, misappropriation of funds that belonged to an elder person and embezzlement by misuse of a fiduciary relationship, all felonies"
Her attorney argued to the jury that she gave her relative the same kind of care anyone else in her family did and that no one else wanted to do it. She brought her a meal every day and claimed she wanted to give her relative privacy.
The woman also misappropriated her cousin's money, spending it on items for herself such as tennis shoes and DVD's.
The cousin died a week after being found.