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Request made to revoke probation of former caregiver convicted of abuse

The Kentucky Attorney General's office is now seeking to revoke the shock probation of a former caregiver convicted of abusing a patient.

The office said Thursday it has filed a motion with Carter Circuit Court to revoke Branden Starostka's probation, based on his new conviction of unlawful transaction with a minor.

In May, 2009, Starostka, who's from Grayson, was sentenced to five years in prison for wanton abuse of a vulnerable adult and tampering with physical evidence.

He was granted shock probation last October.

Starostka and Matthew Bortles were indicted in 2008 for the 2007 death of Michael Price, a mentally handicapped adult who lived at Community Presence.

The attorney general's office says in 2007, Bortles laid on the victim's back for more than 30 minutes, using an improper restraint.

Investigators say that action caused Price to stop breathing and ultimately caused his death.

Investigators say while that was happening, Starostka watched television and failed to intervene. After Price died, investigators say Bortles and Starostka tried to hide evidence by cleaning up the victim's blood, and concealing bloody items.

Bortles was convicted of second degree manslaughter, wanton abuse of a vulnerable adult, and tampering with physical evidence. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.


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