A nurse aide caught on camera abusing an elderly woman is now a convicted felon.
Brenna Tiller pleaded guilty to Injury to the Elderly on Thursday. She is not going to prison but the family believes justice was served.
Tiller left Dallas County Criminal Court surrounded by family and friends. She isn't talking, but it was her words and actions that landed her in criminal court.
Back in May, FOX4 exposed how Tiller, a hospice worker, abused 98-year-old Minnie Graham.
Graham's granddaughters put the camera in her nursing home room after they found her with a split lip and a black eye. The tape captured Tiller pulling on Graham's arm and slapping the frail woman more than once. On the tape, Tiller calls Graham ugly and retarded, mocks her and sticks her tongue out at Graham.
Tiller's attorney wanted deferred adjudication for his client which would have meant no felony conviction.
But Judge Dominique Collins said no way.
"When we do certain things, the world needs to be on notice of who we are so it doesn't ever happen again," Collins said.
Tiller ended up with 5 years' probation and is now a convicted felon.
"There was justice, in a way," said Shirley Ballard, Graham's granddaughter. "We hope that she won't ever be able to do that again."
"Any background check will show a felony conviction so I feel confident that it will make it very difficult for her to ever get a job in this field," said Teri Hardin, another granddaughter. "That was our goal."
When FOX4 aired the story in May, Tiller had been indicted but never arrested. After FOX4 talked to Tiller outside her home, police arrested her the next day.
"I don't think we would be where we are today if it were not for your team and all the coverage you have given us," said Ballard. "They would have probably walked away with a slap on the hand."
Another aide who goes by the name Louis was also caught on camera. He too is facing felony charges and his case is still pending.
Both aides have now lost their nurses aide licenses. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability revoked those licenses after the FOX4 story aired.
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