Woman indicted in trying to smother elderly nursing home resident

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted March 30, 2011, at 1:04 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The woman accused of trying to suffocate an elderly female resident at a Bangor nursing home in February was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury for aggravated assault.

Jodi Lynn Holmes, 49, of Bangor remains at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make the $50,000 bail set by District Court Judge Jessie Gunther on Feb. 9 at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

She is scheduled to be arraigned on April 7.

Holmes, who has a long history of mental illness, allegedly went into the victim’s room at the Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Texas Avenue in Bangor about 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6., and found the 97-year-old woman alone.

Holmes took off the elderly woman’s glasses, sat on her legs to hold her down, took the pillow off her roommate’s bed and pushed it tightly against the victim’s face, according to a police affidavit.

A staff member delivering meals found the woman “slumped in her wheelchair and she looked very pale and ashy,” the affidavit said. The victim, who cannot hear and speaks only softly, “said she was terrified and could not breathe at all,” police said.

Holmes is on federal probation because of her conviction in 2008 for writing and mailing bomb threats that shut down three area schools. She signed the threatening letters “Radar” and in March 2007 sent them to Hampden Academy, Bangor Christian Schools and John Bapst Memorial High School

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Holmes to two years in federal prison and three years of supervised release. A motion to revoke her supervised release is pending in federal court in Bangor.

If convicted of the assault charge, Holmes faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

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