Woman convicted of injury to elderly and disabled in man's death

Posted on Fri, Oct. 31, 2008

Fort Worth Star Telegram

FORT WORTH — A 44-year-old North Richland Hills woman was convicted Thursday of injury to the elderly in the case of an elderly, disabled man who died last year of malnutrition, dehydration and pneumonia.

A Tarrant County jury deliberated less than two hours before convicting Lowesta Halliburton of injuring 78-year-old Richard Hoye, who died May 20, 2007.

Halliburton was convicted of injury to the elderly for failing to provide food and water to Hoye, a man she said was her common-law husband.

She was convicted of injury to the disabled for failing to provide adequate medical care for the bedridden man.

Visiting Judge Phillip Vick, who presided over Halliburton’s trial in Criminal District Court No. 4, will sentence her after getting the results of a pre-sentencing investigation. The penalty range is from five years to 99 years or life in prison on each conviction.

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