April 16, 2024
Clark Kelly. Photograph credit score: Display shot, CBS8.com

A person was sentenced Tuesday after pleading responsible to involuntary manslaughter for reportedly inflicting an 88-year-old veterinarian’s deadly coronary heart assault on the sufferer’s Rolando clinic.

Patrick O’Brien, 39, who has been in custody since Clark Kelly’s demise on June 15, 2022, is anticipated to be launched early subsequent month, then serve the rest of his four-year sentence on obligatory supervision.

O’Brien, 39, was initially charged with homicide for the demise of the longtime veterinarian at Boulevard Animal Clinic on El Cajon Boulevard.

Nevertheless, whereas Kelly was discovered contained in the clinic with a big head wound, San Diego County’s chief health worker testified at a preliminary listening to final 12 months that Kelly died of a stress-induced coronary heart assault, then seemingly fell and struck the ground or a desk.

Prosecutors argued O’Brien tried to interrupt into the clinic, startling Kelly within the course of, whereas O’Brien’s protection lawyer argued there wasn’t sufficient proof to indicate O’Brien ever entered the constructing.

Kelly made a 911 name on the time and informed a dispatcher, “There’s an intruder who’s damaged into the clinic.”

Kelly’s spouse additionally ran to a close-by enterprise and informed bystanders a person was “making an attempt to interrupt into our place,” in keeping with preliminary listening to testimony.

Kelly was discovered on the ground of the clinic in a pool of blood, along with his mobile phone close by and the dispatcher on the road.

Witnesses pointed O’Brien out to officers. He was noticed sitting close to a trash bin about 30 ft from the clinic and was arrested.

At his sentencing listening to, one among Clark’s daughters, Karen Kelly, stated her father’s demise compelled the closure of the clinic after round 60 years of operation.

She referred to as her father “my hero” and “a legend in San Diego” and informed O’Brien, “You prompted him a painful, horrific demise, the place he suffered and he couldn’t breathe.”

O’Brien’s protection lawyer, Peter Will, reiterated his arguments from the preliminary listening to that there was no proof that O’Brien touched Kelly or entered the clinic.

“This info undermined the preliminary conclusions that the system unexpectedly arrived at,” in keeping with Will, who stated his shopper is “genuinely heartbroken about any unhappiness he has prompted the sufferer’s household.”

Will stated that on the day of Kelly’s demise, O’Brien was battling severe psychological well being and drug points, in addition to an contaminated wound in his leg after being stabbed days earlier.

The lawyer stated that on June 15, O’Brien entered the courtyard of the clinic however didn’t enter the clinic itself.

“It seems Mr O’Brien’s presence alone frightened Mr. Kelly such that he referred to as 911 and collapsed whereas on the cellphone,” stated Will, who additionally stated Kelly had a litany of heart-related well being points.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.