ABILENE, Texas (AP) - A judge has ordered five years in prison
for a now-former Abilene State School worker who used a hair dryer
to burn a resident's face.
Thirty-year-old Benjamin Kershaw of Abilene was convicted of
recklessly causing serious bodily injury to a person, a
Kershaw was sentenced yesterday over the November incident.
Kershaw testified the burning was an accident.
But prosecutor Lynn Peach says the resident is a nonverbal,
paralyzed woman who managed to scream in pain as she was being
The defense had sought probation.