The Orlando Sentinel reports that Steven Stryker, a Navy veteran, died after his court-appointed guardian, Rebecca Fierle, determined that he should not receive life-saving actions, despite Stryker’s desire that they be administered.

According to the Sentinel, “When investigators interviewed Fierle, she told them it was difficult to find facilities for Stryker because he was a registered sex offender.” But that “Even though it was difficult to find a facility willing to accept him due to his sex offender status, as court-appointed guardian, it remained Fierle’s responsibility to ensure the ward’s medical care needs were met.”

Stryker would likely have been alive today if he had access to a proper facility that could meet his needs. Ironically, last month the Miami Herald ran a story about the aging registrant population and just a few weeks later we see the unfortunate consequence of these laws.

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