Son pleads guilty in death of mother, 83

POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - November 26, 2008 The Republican Herald reports that 58-year-old Robert Netchel, of Mount Carmel, avoided a prison term by pleading guilty Tuesday in Schuylkill County Court to recklessly endangering another person and unlawful restraint.

Judge Charles Miller sentenced him to five years probation and ordered him to pay costs.

Prosecutors dropped seven other counts including involuntary manslaughter and kidnapping.

Netchel was accused of forcibly taking his mother from the Schuylkill Center Nursing Home to his home April 30. An autopsy found that stress from the incident resulted in Ruth Netchel's death.

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