Warren man pleads guilty to abusing disabled patient
One of two Warren men indicted for allegedly physically and verbally abusing a disabled patient in a Hubbard nursing home now awaits sentencing after entering a guilty plea to one of the charges against him.
Nineteen year old Sultahn Honzu on Wednesday pleaded guilty to one count of patient abuse. An assault charge was dismissed.
While prosecutors are asking that Honzu be sent to prison, his attorney is hoping for probation when he is sentenced on April 20.
Honzu and 20-year-old George Gunther were both indicted on charges of patient abuse and assault in November.
Gunther is awaiting trial in the case.
According to assistant county prosecutor Mike Yacovone, the two employees of Penny’s Behavioral Healthcare abused a sixteen-year-old male patient described as autistic and non-functioning.
Yacovone says there is video evidence to support allegations that the employees repeatedly struck the patient, slamming him against a wall, throwing him into a bed and verbally abused him.