Emotions ran high in 4th Judicial District Court Thursday as there were a good number of people on hand for the sentencing of 69-year-old Sheridan resident Melvin Krenzelok.
In March, Krenzelok plead “Guilty” to the charge of Third Degree Sexual Assault as part of a plea agreement with the State that dismissed three related misdemeanors with which he'd been charged.
The Felony Sexual Assault to which Krenzelok plead guilty occurred in January of 2010 at Sheridan Manor, where an employee witnessed him inappropriately touching an 87-year-old woman who suffered from dementia.
The misdemeanors that were dismissed were from a number of incidents at Heritage Towers while Krenzelok was working there as a custodian before being fired in March of 2008.
One of the victims, who spoke on behalf of a number of women from Heritage Towers who were present in the courtroom, said that Melvin was very friendly when he began working at the senior living facility, but that he soon became overly aggressive and physical, and even “stalked” the women there before his termination.
Following Krenzelok's change of plea in March, his attorney Clay Jenkins advised him to undergo a Psycho Sexual Evaluation with Dr. Turlington in Sheridan.
Prosecuting Attorney for the State, Darci Arsene, stated that an addendum to the initial evaluation report by Dr. Turlington indicated that Krenzelok appeared to have been coached by his attorney to downplay and minimize his actions in hopes of a more favorable report.
Jenkins began his statement by saying that he sent Krenzelok to Dr. Turlington to better himself, not to downplay or minimize his actions.
Jenkins said that Dr. Turlington discovered things about his client's past that he did not know about. Jenkins denied withholding any information about his client from Dr. Turlington.
District Court Judge John Fenn rejected the plea agreement and sentenced Krenzelok to 3 to 6 years in prison. The plea agreement that was reached in March with the State called for no more than 6 months in jail.
Fenn said that the addendum to the evaluation report by Dr. Turlington shows that “it's pretty clear that the defendant wasn't forthcoming and honest during the evaluation.”