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A judge Monday spared a former Buffalo nursing home aide a jail term for beating three elderly senile patients last December but ordered her to undergo sensitivity training and job retraining.

City Judge David M. Manz also ordered Tiasha Flippen, 27, of Ingham Avenue, Lackawanna, a former aide at Ridgeview Manor Nursing Home on Dorrance Avenue, to surrender her state nurse's aide license and "stay out" of the health-care field.

Ms. Flippen was arrested last May. The nursing home had fired her Dec. 1, hours after she punched an 81-year-old woman and pushed her into a bed and hit an 81-year-old man and an 85-year-old man on their legs.

In a two-day, non-jury trial, Manz found her guilty Sept. 5 of endangering patients and willful violations of state health law.

Ms. Flippen, who had worked at the Dorrance Avenue facility for about four months could have received a one-year jail term.

Assistant State Attorneys General Mona Wagle and Gary Baldauf said Ms. Flippen was prosecuted on misdemeanors because of current state law.

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