Ivory McPherson, a former assisted living facility caretaker charged with felony elder abuse in March pleaded guilty to a lesser charge last Thursday, September 5th in Ashe County Superior Court.

According to Ashe County Line.com, twenty-five year old McPherson was alleged to have assaulted 77-year old Stephen Roop in his home earlier this year on Feb. 19th.

In a plea arrangement with the state, McPherson accepted a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault on a handicapped person. 

McPherson was sentenced 60 days in the Ashe County Detention Center, and suspended for 12 months supervised probation with special conditions for compliance.

A countersuit filed in March by McPherson against Roop was dismissed April 4.