Sheridan resident Caron Avery has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter for allegedly playing a role in the death of her mother, 74-year-old Nina Avery. Court documents indicate that the mother and daughter were involved in a physical altercation with one another on September 14th following a visit by the Sheridan Police regarding an investigation into an alleged forgery operation involving Caron Avery.
The affidavit filed by Sheridan County Attorney Matt Redle states that Caron Avery sat on her mother's chest during the altercation. Avery returned to the home the morning of September 15th to find her mother unresponsive. She apparently then called 9-1-1 and reported that she could not locate a pulse on her mother. An autopsy that was conducted in Billings showed that the cause of death was due to asphyxiation caused by smothering.
The involuntary manslaughter charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $10,000, or any combination of both. Avery also faces a couple of felony forgery charges, which are each punishable by 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Avery is being held on a $50,000 bond and will appear in Sheridan County Circuit Court this upcoming Monday at 1 pm for her preliminary hearing.