A Fayette County jury recommended Thursday that a Lexington woman serve 40 years for contributing to her mother's death and for taking about $55,000 from her.
The jury found Cynthia L. Wallace, 44, guilty Wednesday of wanton murder, neglect and knowing exploitation of an adult. They recommended that Wallace consecutively serve 30 years for the wanton murder charge and 10 years for the neglect charge. The jury also recommended a 10-year sentence for the exploitation conviction that would be served concurrently with the other sentences.
Prosecutors said Wallace, who told police she was her mother's sole caretaker, neglected her bedridden mother, eventually causing her death.
Wanda Maxine Wallace, 79, was found dead in her bed at her home on Tuscaloosa Lane on Oct. 29, 2006. According to court documents, the elder Wallace was found in poor living conditions and had not been bathed in weeks; she had severe bed sores and was lying in excrement. The state medical examiner's office estimated Wallace had been dead as long as a week before authorities were notified.
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Wallace's exploitation conviction was for transferring about $55,000 from her mother's accounts to her own in the six months before Wanda Wallace's death, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Traci Caneer said.