- Berkshire District Attorney's Office
Media Contact for Berkshire District Attorney’s Office Obtains Guilty Verdict In Caretaker Neglect Case
Andrew McKeever, Director of Communications
BERKSHIRE COUNTY — The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office obtained a guilty verdict in an evidence-based elder abuse prosecution after a two-day Central Berkshire District Court jury trial Wednesday afternoon.
The jury found 64-year-old Lynn Lodovico, of Tolland, guilty of a single count of caretaker neglect.
Lodovico agreed to become the caretaker for the 84-year-old victim and eventually moved the bedridden victim into a plumbing shop with insufficient utilities and under renovation in Sandisfield in October of 2019. The victim became malnourished and dehydrated.
Lifepath and the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office began the investigation after Lodovico filed a self-neglect claim on the victim for failing to care for herself. Lifepath and Sandisfield Fire/EMS removed the victim from the dwelling in November of 2019. The State Police Lee Barracks’ subsequent investigation found that Lodovico was reckless in her care for the victim.
“My office remains committed to the most vulnerable members of our community. This guilty verdict will ensure that Ms. Lodovico does not have the opportunity to mistreat another aging person,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.
The victim died before trial and the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office proceeded to trial without the victim’s testimony.
Judge Danielle L. Williams sentenced Lodovico to one year in jail, suspended for two years. The guilty verdict also prevents Lodovico, who worked in a local nursing home, from working as a caretaker and orders her to consult with Mass Rehabilitation. The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office requested that Lodovico serve one year direct at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington’s office serves all 32 cities and towns in Berkshire County. The office represents the Commonwealth in more than 7,500 criminal cases per year in Berkshire Superior Court, three district courts, three juvenile courts, Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court. The office works closely with the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, and collaborates with local police departments across the county. A dedicated staff of more than 50 prioritizes public safety, empowering victims and witnesses through services and support, and building a safe community for everyone and especially the most vulnerable.