CRIME

Former CNA Admits To Beating Patients, Gets One Year Sentence

Apr 15, 2019, 10:47 PM

FARMINGTON, Utah – From inside a courtroom, Jason Harold Knox apologized to two families of patients that he admitted to beating while they were in his care.

“I am sincerely sorry for what has happened, and the pain that I have caused,” Knox said, before 2nd District Judge, Michael Edwards. “I deeply regret my actions. This behavior is not who I am.”

The family of 71 year-old Richard Crossley, a Vietnam Veteran, placed a surveillance camera inside his room, after they found unexplained bruising on Crossley.

Daughter Kellie Bingham says Crossley, is unable to speak, but kept motioning for his chest one day, while she was visiting him at the Chancellor Gardens assisted living facility, in Clearfield.

“He finally grabbed my hand, and shoved it into his shirt, so that I looked and saw the bruise on his skin and on his chest,” Bingham said.

Surveillance video, from the camera, that was played back in court showed Knox at times being somewhat rough, while changing Crossley’s disposable briefs. In other clips, he could be seen dropping his elbow into Crossley’s chest.
“Ooooh!” Crossley can be heard exclaiming.
“He still has severe anxiety. It takes him hours to fall asleep,” Bingham told reporters. “He just sits there, and rubs his head, and is just frightened as can be.”
Knox also admitted to beating a 89 year-old female patient, while being interviewed by Clearfield police.

Knox told Judge Edwards that during the past six months in jail, he’s been taking courses in anger management, substance abuse, and PTSD.

Edwards ultimately gave Knox a second chance, sentencing him to one year in jail, without credit for time already served.

Knox will be released on probation afterward, and can be put in prison if he violates one of many terms of his probation.

Some of those terms include: no further offenses, no alcohol, or drugs.

The sentence is nowhere near the maximum one to fifteen years in prison for each of the two assaults, but Bingham says she is hopeful Knox will change for the better.

“I’m not a vindictive person, but I want him to make some changes,” Bingham said.

Bingham, along with other family members also made those surveillance videos of Knox, assaulting her father public, Monday.

She says the family made that choice, in an effort to bring light to the issue, and the need for better protections for Alzheimer’s patients. She plans to work with Utah lawmakers, to institute some of those changes.

“We would like every facility to make some changes, which is part of the reason why we’re going for law,” Bingham explained. “Because business has no conscience; it’ business, and they don’t do the right things for the right reasons always.”

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