Diana Jacobs Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Concealing A Death
Tue, 09/06/2016 - 1:18pm
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Luke Roberts Enterprise Staff Writer e
Waycross Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kelly Brooks sentenced Diana Malphus Jacobs to the maximum punishment on Wednesday afternoon, August 31, just a little more than a week after she pled guilty for her role in concealing the death of Roswewood Manor resident Alexander Hunter. Jacobs also entered a guilty plea on the charge of Exploitation of an Elderly/Disabled Person.
Judge Brooks sentenced Jacobs to 10 years in prison on the charge of Concealing a Death, the maximum penalty for the crime. On the charge of exploitation of an Elderly/Disabled Person, which stemmed from forged checks, Brooks sentenced Jacobs to 20 years, 10 of which she is to serve in prison. Both sentences are to run concurrent with each other. Both sentences will run concurrently.
Jacobs was a main operator of the assisted living facility Rosewood Manor in Nicholls before she was arrested in August of 2014 after Hunter’s body was discovered buried in a shed outside Rosewood Manor.
Diana Jacobs was arrested on August 8, 2014, for her role in the crime, and her husband, James Jacobs, was arrested days later and charged with Malice Murder, Concealing a Death and Financial Transaction Card Fraud.
He has since been indicted on these charges and his case will likely go to trial before he end of the year, possibly as soon as October, according to the Coffee County District Attorney’s Office.
It is not known if Diana Jacobs will be testifying against her husband at trial.
As previously reported in The Enterprise, detectives with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office received information about a possible missing person at Rosewood Manor in early August of 2014 and confronted Diana Jacobs on August 8, 2014.
Jacobs admitted there was a buried body on the property, and an autopsy later confirmed the body to be that of Hunter, who was a resident at the facility. At that time, local officials said the body was badly decomposed and had been there for several weeks, if not months. Hunter’s official cause of death has never been revealed.
A former Licensed Practical Nurse, Jacobs’ nursing license was “probation-lapsed” at the time of her arrest, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. She originally obtained her LPN license in 2004, but it was suspended in 2008 after she was charged with a burglary in Berrien County. It was later reinstated with a five-year probation period, but officially expired in March of 2011.
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