Saratoga County

Man accused of failing to care for mother in Saratoga County, leading to her death, admits to felony

Richard Carr III. Provided and File Photo

Richard Carr III. Provided and File Photo

Categories: News, Saratoga County

BALLSTON SPA – A former Saratoga County man arrested in December on a manslaughter charge for failing to give proper care to his mother admitted to a felony this week, attorneys said.

Richard Carr III, 28, who lived in South Carolina at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, a felony. His plea came as a trial was set to begin.

He is expected to get time served and five years probation at his December sentencing, his attorney, Robert Abdella, said.

Carr had been indicted late last year on the endangering count, as well as a second-degree manslaughter count.

He was accused of failing to care for his mother, Murial Carr, 64, of Fayville Road, Providence. She was brought by ambulance to Saratoga Hospital Jan. 28, 2019 and died shortly after arriving, officials said.

She suffered from open and infected wounds, sepsis, hypothermia, bed sores and other ailments, officials said.

Richard Carr admitted in his plea that his conduct caused harm and injury to his mother, Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said. Carr had been living with her as her caretaker, Heggen said.

Heggen called the resolution a good one.

Abdella said Tuesday that Carr had been prepared to go to trial, but ultimately chose to accept Monday’s plea offer and admit to the endangering count. He had faced up to 5 to 15 years in prison, if convicted of the top manslaughter count.

“He loved his mother and his mother loved him,” Abdella said.

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