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Woman acquitted in nursing home death released

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - A former Vermont nursing home worker who was acquitted of second-degree murder in the death of a resident has been released from jail on a lesser charge after her bail was reduced.

Jodi LaClaire of Bennington, N.H., had been in jail since January 2012, when she was accused of killing 83-year-old Nita Lowery in 2009 by injecting her with a lethal dose of insulin. LaClaire was a nursing assistant at Thompson House in Brattleboro.

She pleaded not guilty; a jury acquitted her in September. But it found her guilty of taking nearly $3,000 from Lowery's financial accounts. She's scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 10.

The Rutland Herald reports LaClaire's bail was lessened Tuesday from $150,000 to $10,000.

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