By Monica Land
JACKSON – A Mount Olive woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for hitting a patient at a personal care facility in the head. Thirty-four-year-old Stacey Keyes pleaded guilty in Covington County Circuit Court to one count of felony abuse of a vulnerable person before Judge Eddie Bowen.
Keyes was sentenced to five years – four suspended – in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC). Upon her release, she will have four years of post-release supervision and she was ordered to pay a fine of $250, plus another $250 to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund, and over $700 in investigative and court costs.
When the assault occurred on July 22, 2011, Keyes was an employee at Millcreek Home and Community Based Services in Collins. Court records showed that Keyes struck a client of Millcreek in the head with a weighted object inflicting injuries to the victim.
“We are all held to a higher standard when it comes to our interactions with vulnerable persons, but none more so than the caregivers and employees at our care facilities,” said Attorney General Jim Hood. “There is a price to pay for abuse of our trust.”