Woman sentenced to 40 years for elderly mother's death

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The woman found guilty of manslaughter in her mother's death has now learned her fate.

District Judge Mike Erwin sentenced Joleslie Looney, 56, of Baton Rouge, on Thursday to 40 years in prison with credit for time served in the death of her mother, Bessie Looney, 82, who was found dead in September 2014. The maximum sentence in Louisiana for someone convicted of manslaughter is 40 years.

Investigators said Bessie Looney was discovered in "horrid conditions." East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William Clark said Bessie Looney died from a blood infection caused by untreated bed sores.

Clark said the autopsy revealed the victim was malnourished and considered emaciated, weighing only 82 pounds with a body mass index of 13.6. It was revealed in court that the victim suffered from several illnesses, including vascular dementia, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure. The coroner testified that toxicology results tested negative for any drugs in the victim's system, indicating she wasn't being treated. Clark said she was also dehydrated.


The victim's granddaughter, Lauren Looney, 21, was sentenced in April to five years in prison with credit for time served after pleading guilty to negligent homicide in the case.

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