The Nebraska Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Beatrice man convicted of beating and choking residents of a center for developmentally disabled adults where he was employed.
The court said in an opinion Friday that Matthew Pangborn's trial court should not have allowed a prosecutor's chart demonstrating an account of when and how the abuse occurred according to authorities to be submitted to the jury for use during deliberations.
Pangborn was sentenced last October to 15 to 23 years in prison for abusing residents
of the Beatrice State Developmental Center where he was employed in
2011. He was convicted on nine charges in July 2012, including four counts of
abuse of a vulnerable adult.
Sixteen employees were suspended after an investigation. Five
workers were charged, but the others pleaded to reduced charges. Pangborn was the
only one to face trial.