Louisiana man pleads guilty to neglect of wife found fused to couch

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CADDO PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A Caddo Parish man has pleaded guilty to cruelty to the infirmed after failing to get medical help for his critically ill wife.

In what one detective called the worst case of neglect he had ever seen, 68-year-old Alice Essary was found by her daughter unresponsive, severely malnourished and fused to her couch in the north Caddo Parish home she shared with her husband, 66-year-old Johnny Wayne Essary back in July 2018. 

Investigators said she had not moved from the couch in months and suffered from life-threatening wounds and medical issues as a result. 

Detectives said that it had been over a month since anyone had checked on Alice Essary according to witnesses, and several months since she had moved from the couch for any reason.  

She was at least 50 pounds underweight and her medical condition was too graphic to describe.

Johnny Wayne Essary was arrested and charged with cruelty to the infirmed.

On Wednesday, he changed his plea to guilty in Caddo District Court and was sentenced to serve 16 months in the parish jail, with credit for time served.

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