Northern Illinois man sentenced to 4 1/2-years for neglecting mother

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JOLIET - A northern Illinois man will spend the next four and a half years behind bars for neglecting his elderly mother.

According to prosecutors, Mark Kuech, 51, received the sentence on Thursday.  Three months ago Kuech pleaded guilty to criminal abuse for leaving his mother, 79-year-old Margaret Kuech, unattended in a basement bedroom for extended periods of time, between May and November of 2012.

Margaret suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and was hospitalized in November 2012 after paramedics found her severely malnourished and weighing less than 90 pounds.  

Authorities also say she suffered from extensive bedsores and was disoriented, and that her condition was under control when she was being cared for by Kuech's wife, but that Margaret became her son's responsibility when his wife left.

Margaret is now being cared for in a nursing home.

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