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November 20, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Kent man accused of allowing his mother to die from neglect

A 48-year-old Kent man entered not guilty pleas on Thursday to second-degree manslaughter and first-degree theft charges for allegedly causing the death of his elderly mother through neglect and stealing more than $100,000 from her bank accounts in recent years, court records show.

Joselito Hondolero is accused of being criminally negligent in the care of his mother, Adriana Hondolero, starting in September 2013 until her death on Jan. 22, charging papers say. He is also accused of withdrawing $114,000 from his mother’s accounts between June 2010 and January, with much of the money withdrawn from ATMs at the Muckleshoot and Tulalip casinos, according to the charges.

He also used some of his mother’s money to go on a cruise with his wife, buy electronics and a 2003 Ford Expedition, the charging papers say.

The charges say Adriana Hondolero received a $188,000 life-insurance settlement in June 2012.

“Adriana was not in any condition to leave her home, let alone go shopping or gambling, for most if not all of the period during which her money was spent,” the papers say.

Adriana Hondolero, 86, was diabetic, suffered from dementia and weighed only 63 pounds when she died, charging papers say. Confined to bed for the last four months of her life, she had large bedsores on her body and was wearing a soiled adult diaper that hadn’t been changed in three days, the papers say. She had not seen a doctor since her last appointment in June 2011, and lived with her son and his family, according to the charges.

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