Sentencing delayed for nurse in drug theft case

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It seems a nurse accused of elder abuse will wait till after the holidays to hear her fate. Marlene Sandra Delp, 64, appeared in a Placer County court Wednesday for sentencing after she pleaded no contest to felony elder abuse and drug possession in October. But the case got a raincheck, as expected, because a judge was absent. Delp declined to comment outside the courthouse, initially referring the Press Tribune to her public defender, Bill Boyce. But with several families of alleged victims standing by, she suggested she would talk at the rescheduled sentencing, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19. At the short hearing, a California deputy attorney general arrived to ensure Delp doesn’t use her active nursing license. She worked at the Terraces of Roseville senior home until her August arrest for stealing medication from residents. She was released with the restriction that she not practice as her case continues. Families of seniors whose medications were reportedly stolen showed irritation that the sentencing was delayed Wednesday. From their accounts, at least three civil lawsuits are pending against Westmont Living, which runs the Terraces. After striking a plea deal with prosecutors, Delp faces three years formal probation and eight to 12 months in the Placer County jail. ~ Lien Hoang