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Rebecca Fierle-Santoian was arrested Monday evening on a Hillsborough County warrant for aggravated elder abuse and neglect. Photo: Marion County Jail
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Legislature tackles guardianship issues as Fierle faces charges


Former guardian Rebecca Fierle-Santoian bonded out of the Marion County Jail Tuesday after her arrest Monday on a warrant for aggravated elder abuse and neglect. Meanwhile, the Florida Legislature is tackling some of the problems her case brought to light. Fierle, 50, faces charges of aggravated elder abuse and neglect in connection with the death of Steven Stryker in a Tampa hospital last May. He was one of hundreds of people — in 13 Florida counties — for whom Fierle acted as an appointed guardian. She refused to let Stryker be revived, enforcing a do-not-resuscitate order, though state prosecutors say the man in his mid-70s had a strong desire to live and was able to make the decision on his …
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