Charged with felony, man pays fine for elder neglect

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Nico Savidge
Monday, October 21, 2013

JANESVILLE—A Chicago man originally charged with a felony for neglecting an elderly Milton man pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and was sentenced to pay a fine last week in Rock County Court, records show.

Syren Bolderdene, 35, was arrested in May after police discovered a number of broken bones and bruises on the body of a 76-year-old Milton man Bolderdene was looking after as a live-in caretaker, authorities said.

Along with his injuries, a nurse told police the man was left lying in a soiled diaper for at least 24 hours, according to a criminal complaint.

Prosecutors charged Bolderdene with intentionally subjecting an individual at risk to abuse causing great bodily harm, a felony with a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison.

At a hearing Friday, however, Bolderdene pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of negligently subjecting an individual to abuse.

Judge James P. Daley sentenced Bolderdene to pay a fine of $568, court records show.

Asked why the charge was reduced, District Attorney David O'Leary said prosecutors didn't get enough evidence from Milton police to support the felony.

“We amended to the charge we could prove of misdemeanor neglect,” O'Leary said in an email.

Because Bolderdene had no prior criminal record, O'Leary said, the court and prosecutors believed a fine was appropriate.

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