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Norfolk man sentenced to 3 years behind bars for abuse, neglect of disabled adult son

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 16:21:24-04

NORFOLK, Va. - A man accused of abusing and neglecting his disabled son was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison with 17 years suspended, leaving him 3 years to serve.

Philip Arenz pleaded guilty to two felony counts of abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult.

Philip Arenz and his wife, Georgia Arenz, were charged in May 2018 following an investigation into the care of their adult son with cerebral palsy. Georgia Arenz served as 24-year-old Jason's primary caregiver.

According to court documents, the neglect was so bad it caused permanent injury to Jason, who was "covered in feces" when brought in to the hospital. He also had multiple pressure ulcers and sacrum bones, along with bed sores that were infected with maggots and other insects.

In court, the Commonwealth's Attorney said Jason was 'skeletal' and referenced bed sores that were so deep bone and tissue were visible.

Georgia Arenz will serve 5 years in prison for her role in Jason's neglect. She was sentenced earlier in July.