California's criminal case against the longtime operator of a Sacramento elder-care facility was delayed again Thursday while the defense weighs a possible plea arrangement.
Silvia Cata, 52, will return to Sacramento Superior Court on March 28 in connection with the death last year of an 88-year-old woman in her care.
Cata had been cited at least 40 times by the California Department of Social Services for violations in her care home in Sacramento's Gardenland neighborhood. The state's attorney general has taken the unusual step of charging her with involuntary manslaughter, as well as a second felony count of elder or dependent adult abuse resulting in death.
Georgia Holzmeister, who suffered from dementia, developed a severe bedsore while living in Cata's Super Home Care and, despite emergency hospital treatment, died five days later without regaining consciousness.
Cata's attorney, Johnny Griffin III, told the judge he hopes to continue negotiations but that his client was not prepared to accept the attorney general's offer. Deputy Attorney General Steven Muni warned Griffin and Cata, who is still in custody, that if a deal isn't struck at the next court date, the offer would "never ever be renewed."
Cata faces up to 12 years in state prison.
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