Nursing home resident not charged in roommate's death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The nursing home resident who punched another resident early this year, leading to his death this summer, will not be charged with murder, the Kent County prosecutor has decided.

Dan McBrian, an 81-year-old Army veteran, was struck by his 61-year-old roommate the Samaritas Senior Living Center off 32nd Street on Jan. 31. He suffered several complications and ultimately died July 11. The Kent County medical examiner found he died of complications from a broken jaw and ruled his death a homicide.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said in a Wednesday release that the 61-year-old is not criminally liable for his actions because he has dementia. He was was diagnosed  few years ago and since then had a guardian appointed for him.

Becker said that in April, a doctor noted the man was disoriented and had impaired judgment and impulse control.

24 Hour News 8 is not using the name of the 61-year-old because he does not face criminal charges.

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