A man convicted of felony elder abuse related to withholding medication and forging loans has been sentenced to nine years and four months in state prison, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
Darryl Keith Phillips, 52, had met a 66-year-old Menlo Park woman at a local pastry shop where she would go to knit and talk to people before meeting her son, who worked nearby, for lunch. He convinced the woman, who has dementia, to let him move into her home, Deputy District Attorney Melissa McKowan said.
The victim's daughters became concerned that Mr. Phillips was withholding her diabetes and blood pressure medication and reported him, according to investigators.
In August 2012, he refused to allow police and adult protective service representatives into the home. When police returned the following day with paramedics, the woman reportedly had "life threatening blood sugar and blood pressure levels," with severe mental impairment. She was hospitalized and survived.
Investigators said they found that Mr. Phillips had not bought insulin for many months, but had forged the woman's signature on $87,000 in loans; opened investment accounts in her name; and was preparing to take out a $150,000 loan on her house.
A jury found him guilty on May 13 of felony elder abuse, felony preparation of false evidence, and misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer, according to San Mateo County Superior Court records.
A registered sex offender, Mr. Phillips is registered on the California Megan's Law website for rape and other sexual assaults, two of which involved victims younger than 14 years old.
Judge Mark Forcum sentenced Mr. Phillips in the elder abuse case on Aug. 29 after ruling that the two prior convictions in 1984 would not count towards a "three strike" sentence enhancement based on the length of time passed and the nonviolent nature of the current offenses.
In addition to nine years in prison, the court required restitution and issued a 10-year "no contact" order with the victim.