Accused Plainfield Woman Confined to Glencliff Home

Friday, February 02, 2018

Plainfield — The 83-year-old Plainfield woman who was found incompetent to stand trial in an alleged murder-for-hire case is now being held at the Glencliff Home, an institution for people who are developmentally disabled or mentally ill, her son said this week.

Maurice Temple recently visited his mother, Pauline Chase, at the state-run facility, which is in the Grafton County town of Warren.

“The only thing wrong is her short-term memory,” said Temple, a Plainfield resident.

His mother currently is in a section of the facility with people who have severe disabilities so “she can’t even put on a conversation” with other people there, he said.

In November, Chase was found incompetent to stand trial on allegations that she conspired to kill her son’s ex-wife. Court officials previously have said that she was to be the subject of a Jan. 18 court hearing on a petition for involuntary admission, but that proceeding was closed to the public.

Temple was found not guilty in connection with the alleged plot in December. His mother’s case, which has been moved to probate court, is now confidential, a court official said last week. Because it is confidential, Chase’s public defender, Lauren Breda, said she couldn’t comment on the matter.

Temple said his wish was to bring his mother back to the Old County Road home in Plainfield they once shared. He said he hopes to visit her at Glencliff again soon.

Temple and Chase have been sued by his ex-wife, Jean Temple, and that case is still pending.