The Nebraska Supreme Court granted a new trial on Friday to Matthew Pangborn. The high court ruled that Pangborn's trial court should not have allowed a prosecutor's chart demonstrating authorities' version of when and how the abuse occurred to be submitted to the jury for use during deliberations.
Pangborn was sentenced last October to 15 to 23 years in prison after being convicted of nine counts after being accused of beating and choking residents when he worked at the Beatrice State Developmental Center.
Sixteen employees were suspended after an investigation. Five workers were charged. Pangborn was the only one to face trial. The others pleaded to reduced charges.