Crime

Keith Rohracker Ripped by Judge for "Living Off Your Mom's Money While She Festered"

Following Keith Rohracker's conviction for neglecting his elderly mother on an epic scale, a judge told him he would receive one year less than the maximum sentence -- but only because his mom didn't die.

It was touch-and-go for a while. When Rohracker was finally taken to medical professionals to treat a life-threatening malady, her clothes were reportedly fused to her skin with human waste.

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The story comes to us from the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, which reveals that Rohracker, a resident of the Grand Valley, on Colorado's Western Slope, was arrested in Arizona last year after taking his mom to a doctor.

The physician couldn't treat the woman, then 86, until her clothes were "pried from her skin, because they were stuck together by feces and urine," the paper reports.

Rohracker's mom was subsequently hospitalized for malnourishment, dementia and a urinary-tract infection that could have killed her. But at his sentencing, Mesa County Judge Thomas Deister said Rohracker never visited and only checked in to inquire when he would be able to get hold of her money.

Testimony at the hearing revealed that Rohracker, 57, had moved back home after losing his job and his girlfriend -- situations to which he apparently reacted by drinking heavily and ignoring pleas by those in his life to take better care of his mom.

Jeff Rohracker, Keith's son, attempted to soften Judge Deister's resolve with stories about his grandmother being a difficult person. But these efforts were for naught.

After a jury found Rohracker guilt of serious bodily injury to an at-risk adult by negligence (a felony) and neglect of an at-risk adult (a misdemeanor), Deister had the option of putting him behind bars for six years. Instead, he gave Rohracker five, adding, "The only reason I didn't sentence you to six years is because she lived"

Here's a look at Rohracker's booking photo.

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