Elderly man charged with manslaughter in nursing home beating

Jan 23, 2013

An 87-year-old man faces a charge of manslaughter for allegedly beating his nursing home roommate repeatedly with a heavy magnet.

Chester Rusek was arraigned Wednesday morning in State Supreme Court on a charge of Manslaughter in the First Degree. He pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors allege Rusek severely beat his roommate, 86-year-old Salvatore Trusello, at the Kenwall DePaul Assisted Living Center in the Town of Tonawanda November 26, 2012.  Trusello was in the intensive care unit at ECMC for about a month before succumbing to his injuries on December 27.

If convicted, Rusek could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.