Mich. man gets probation in death of obese wife

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Associated Press

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man has been sentenced to probation in the death of his 360-pound wife, who authorities say was allowed to fester in a bed surrounded by her own waste.

A Macomb County Circuit judge ordered Michael Brooks on Wednesday to serve two years' probation and undergo a psychological evaluation as well as random drug testing. He pleaded guilty in January to abusing a vulnerable adult.

Yolanda Reese-Brooks died of morbid obesity and other injuries in October.

Prosecutors say guidelines called for a 10- to 23-month prison sentence. Judge Peter Maceroni rejected incarcerating Brooks because he had no prior record and was involved with his wife for two decades.

Prosecutors say Brooks was his 40-year-old wife's primary caretaker after a 2011 auto crash crushed her pelvis and ruptured her bladder.

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