A Lompoc Valley man was sentenced Thursday to five years probation, among other penalties, after pleading no contest last month to a felony charge of elder neglect that stemmed from the death of his mother.

Reginald Eugene Davenport, who will turn 65 this month, was sentenced by Judge Rogelio Flores in Lompoc Superior Court. The Vandenberg Village resident was initially charged in March 2017 with a felony count of elder or dependent adult abuse with a special allegation that the abuse caused the victim’s death.

Mary Louise Davenport, the mother of the defendant, was the victim in the case. She was pronounced dead on Nov. 20, 2016, after reportedly being in the care of her son, whose crimes are alleged to have occurred between Sept. 1 and Nov. 20, 2016. She was 82 years old.

Stephen Foley, the supervising deputy district attorney with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office, was the prosecutor in the case. Foley said after the sentencing that he felt like the case “illustrates how important it is to get outside help” when it is needed to care for a loved one.

“There was simply no excuse for Mr. Davenport not to seek medical help for his mother,” Foley said, noting that the victim had suffered extreme bedsores.

“There were resources available to him — relatives, adult protective services, ambulance, hospital and other resources — but he did not seek adequate care for his mother, and as a result of his actions he’s been convicted of a felony for the death of his mother," Foley added. "That, in and of itself, is a serious consequence for a 64-year-old man with no criminal history.”

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Reginald Davenport’s age and lack of criminal background all seemingly played roles in his sentencing, as did several letters of support for him that were submitted by people, including several family members, who requested that he not face jail time.

In addition to Davenport’s probation, he was also sentenced to mental health counseling and is forbidden from taking care of any dependent or elder adult and is barred from taking power of attorney over anyone. He also received a suspended 180-day jail sentence, which would only be enforced if he were to violate his probation terms.

Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.

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