Nursing assistant released on bail

A Bennington nursing assistant found not guilty of murdering a woman by injecting her with a fatal dose of insulin was released from a Vermont jail this week. Jodi LaClaire, 39, was being held prior to sentencing, after being convicted on other charges.

LaClaire had been accused of giving an insulin shot to an 83-year-old resident of the Thompson House nursing home in Brattleboro, Vt., in 2009, causing the woman’s death. LaClaire was a nursing assistant at the Brattleboro facility.

In September, LaClaire was acquitted on the murder charge and a charge of abuse of a vulnerable adult. She was convicted on seven counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult, after a jury found she made ATM withdrawals from the woman’s bank account during the time that the woman was in a coma.

LaClaire had been held on $150,000 bail while awaiting sentencing on those charges. On Tuesday, a Vermont Superior Court judge reduced that bail amount to $10,000.

LaClaire’s attorney, Dan Sedon of Chelsea, Vt., said Wednesday that LaClaire had made bail and had returned to Bennington, where she will be living with a friend. She will be required not to serve as a caretaker, and to report twice a week to Brattleboro police.

Sedon said LaClaire is scheduled to be sentenced in Vermont on Jan. 10 on the financial exploitation charges.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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