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John Jensen, 81 Photo Credit: Waterbury police

WATERBURY — A Connecticut nursing home is being sued over the strangling death of a 76-year-old patient who police say was killed by her 81-year-old boyfriend in November.

The Connecticut Law Tribune reports the lawsuit filed Monday by the estate of Patricia Ann Way says Autumn Lake Healthcare at Bucks Hill in Waterbury should have known about her boyfriend’s violent history and failed to protect her. The estate’s lawyer says the lawsuit seeks “at least seven figures” in damages.

Nursing home officials did not respond to messages from the Law Tribune.

Way’s boyfriend, John Jensen, is charged with murder. He has been declared incompetent to stand trial, but another competency hearing is scheduled for June 25.

Authorities say Jensen told a nursing home employee Way was evil and had to die.

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