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Husband and wife sentenced following senior’s death

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William Alston (LVMPD) William Alston (LVMPD)
Leni Alston (LVMPD) Leni Alston (LVMPD)
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A married Valley couple who operated a group home for seniors was sentenced Tuesday following a drowning at their home.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on Tuesday announced William Alston, 38, and Leni Alston, 44, were sentenced for gross misdemeanor offenses of neglect of an elderly person.

Both received 364 days behind bars, suspended, 100 hours of community service and were ordered to pay $40,000 in restitution. They also got three years of probation.

An investigation revealed that the two own and operate Williams Personal Home Care in North Las Vegas. However, investigators discovered they were providing care to elderly residents at their personal residence, which is not a licensed facility, as well.

Recently, a patient drowned in the couple's backyard pool. There were no alarms on the sliding glass door leading to the backyard, no safety gates or enclosure surrounding the pool.

An investigation also revealed Williams Personal Home Care was overpopulated.

"We have an obligation to protect the elderly citizens in our state and to ensure they are not harmed or being placed into situations where they could be harmed," Cortez Masto said. "Prosecuting these cases promotes the need to keep elderly citizens safe from people that are contracted to provide goods and services to them as well as promoting the need to have proper licenses to operate facilities to care for the elderly."

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