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Central Coast Elder Care Facility Owner Gets Sentenced To Jail Following Patient's Death

The owner of an elder care facility on the Central Coast has been sentenced to jail following the death of a patient.

The California Attorney General’s Office says Christopher Skiff, the owner of the Manse on Marsh Residential Care Facility for the Elderly in San Luis Obispo, was convicted of elder abuse and involuntary manslaughter.

In 2014, 65-year-old Mauricio Edgar Cardenas, who suffered from dementia, went missing from the facility and was later discovered to have been struck and killed by a car 10 miles away. Evidence found that the facility was not licensed to care for residents with dementia, and Skiff was accused of admitting him and keeping him at the facility despite concerns from staff.

Skiff was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and five years of felony probation. He will no longer be able to operate elder care facilities.