Attorney General, Adams County District Attorney announce 18-year sentence in elderly abuse, neglect case

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Adams County District Attorney Don Quick announced today that an Adams County District Court judge sentenced Tammera Deane Henritze (DOB: 10/23/1970) to 18 years in prison for neglecting and mistreating an elderly woman for whom she was a personal services provider. The Office of the Attorney General assisted the Adams County District Attorney’s Office and Adams County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation and prosecution of the case.

“Protecting the elderly from abuse and prosecuting those who commit these terrible crimes is a top priority for my office,” Suthers said. “The stiff sentence the judge imposed appropriately highlights the severity of the suspect’s crimes.” 

“One case like this is too many,” Quick said. “We need to work closely with family members and the community to prevent our seniors from being victimized.”

Henritze, who pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree assault on an at-risk victim on Aug. 14, 2009, was suspected of leaving her 65-year-old victim, an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s, locked in a bedroom in squalid conditions, surrounded by rotting food as well as her own urine and feces. When investigators from the Adams County Department of Social Services discovered the five-foot-seven victim, she weighed 94 pounds.  

Since investigators discovered the victim, she has been relocated to a nursing facility. She also has recovered from her malnutrition and now weighs approximately 150 pounds.

The Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which investigates abuse against elder cases as well as fraud committed against Colorado’s Medicaid program, worked with Adams County authorities to put together the case against Henritze.

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