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EX-NURSING AIDE SENTENCED <br> TO ONE YEAR IN PATIENT'S ABUSE

A former certified nursing aide at the Manor Oak Skilled Nursing Facility in Cheektowaga was sentenced to one year in prison Wednesday for abusing a 96-year-old patient.

The sentence imposed on Viola Woods, 38, of Herman Street, is believed to be the longest in a patient-abuse case at a local nursing home, according to prosecutors from the state attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Woods pleaded guilty last month to a violation of state health laws. She was fired from the Harlem Road nursing facility shortly after the incident in January.

Investigators said Wood became angry and used a washcloth to smear feces on the face of the male patient because the patient had become unruly and uncooperative while the aide was cleaning him in his room.

During Wednesday's sentencing, Cheektowaga Town Justice Ronald E. Kmiotek sharply criticized Woods, pointing out that she had received extensive training as an aide and was well aware that some elderly patients can be difficult to control.

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