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elderly woman off to prison

Monday, November 20, 2017 17:35 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A 75 year old woman was given two-years in prison Monday for not seeking medical attention for her badly beaten brother from LaPorte County who later died.

Georgia Arvidson was also placed on four-years probation.

However, the defense was given the option of seeking a reduced sentence if a mental evaluation confirms suspicions her mind is not quite functioning as it should.

Arvidson could have received anywhere from a three to 16-year sentence for level 3 felony neglect of a dependent, for which she was found guilty by a jury September 20.

At first, LaPorte Circuit Court Judge Tom Alevizos said he was at a complete loss on the punishment to hand down feeling an unknown mental condition might explain her seemingly odd behavior.

Lack of remorse and feeling she did nothing wrong were cited as being especially unusual for someone professing to love their brother.
Alevizos also said her son, Erik Minter, allegedly inflicted the beating and might have influenced Arvidson not to call 911 or notify anyone else.

Minter is still awaiting trial four counts, including involuntary manslaughter.

Harold Grise, 68, laid on the floor of his Fish Lake area home for three days in October of 2015 with facial fractures and a broken jaw until his son unable to make contact his father made the drive from Westville.

He saw him through a window and called 911.

Grise, who was legally blind and relied on a cane and walker, died in a hospital four-days later.

According to testimony, Arvidson and Minter traveled from Texas to visit Grise who became angry over his nephew's heavy drinking and from his chair grabbed him by the throat.

Minter allegedly retaliated with two hard punches to his uncle's face.

Testimony indicates Arvidson and her son cleaned Grise and gave him things like food, liquids and aspirin.

According to the defense, Arvidson was told by her brother not to call 911 and complied being from a generation of women who did as they were told by the man in the house.

Alevizos decided on the sentence after hearing from Aaron Grise, who broke down explaining his 18-year old month child will never get to know his grandfather.

''That was your job Georgia to make a phone call,'' he said.

Defense attorney Steve Snyder agreed with the judge's assessment of Arvidson, who claimed to have had an untreated stroke years ago and experience with marijuana as a member of a rock band in the 60's.

''The lady is not right in the head,'' said Snyder
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