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During the week-long trial, the jury heard evidence that over five days in February, Stewart left his girlfriend of 30 years Rhonda Firmes in a coma while he smoked marijuana and drank beer before calling for help.

Stewart was being paid by the county to care for Firmes who has multiple sclerosis. Instead, though, he allowed her to become so dehydrated that her kidneys failed and she urinated blood. Paramedics responding to the home Feb. 24 found Firmes lying in her own waste and comatose. She remained in the coma for two months and continues to suffer long-term health effects.
Stewart was found in the backyard with bags of empty beer cans by sheriff’s deputies.

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December 18, 2003 in bummer, people | Permalink