Final defendant pleads guilty in home care case
by Emily Boorstein
September 03, 2014 04:00 AM | 1728 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The final defendant accused of running an unlicensed personal care home, where attorneys say six women were forced to stay in a basement with inadequate bathroom facilities, has pleaded guilty.

Terry Catron, 56, of Cartersville, will spend 10 years in jail and another 10 on probation, according to the office of Vic Reynolds, Cobb’s district attorney.

Victims told investigators Catron, who was the primary daytime caregiver, and Raequel Alita Penny, who operated the home, provided inadequate food, shelter and medicine. Plywood was used to partition the basement into rooms as small as 11 feet by 5 feet, said Kim Isaza, Reynolds’ spokeswoman.

“Ms. Penny and Mr. Catron lived upstairs in well-lit and spacious accommodations, while the six victims were forced to share cramped quarters in a dark basement with a bathroom that had sheets for walls and a toilet affixed to a concrete floor,” said Jason Marbutt, an assistant district attorney.

Catron admitted his guilt in court Friday to charges including racketeering, theft, deprivation, false imprisonment and false statements. Penny pleaded guilty to the same charges in July. She was given the same sentence at that time.

In 2013, Penny denied mistreating her residents at a news conference on the Marietta Square. “The care was extraordinary,” she said at the time. “Everyone was just well taken care of and loved and healthy.” Penny declined to comment then if she was licensed to run the home.

Two other defendants, Bilal Penny and Elijah Cole, pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the case and were given probation.

“If we are measured by how we treat the weakest among us, then Ms. Penny and Mr. Catron are where they deserve to be — prison,” Marbutt said. “At least while there they will have larger living spaces than their victims did.”

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