39-Year Prison Term For Hospital Tech In Hep C Outbreak

Law360, New York (December 5, 2013, 6:20 PM EST) -- A New Hampshire federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a onetime hospital technician to 39 years in prison for stealing painkiller-filled syringes and then secretly reloading them with saline, leading to dozens of patients becoming infected with hepatitis C.

The term handed down by U.S. District Judge Joseph N. Laplante was near the top end of a 30- to 40-year range agreed to under a plea deal signed earlier this year by David M. Kwiatkowski, who copped to pilfering the powerful opioid fentanyl and clandestinely returning contaminated...
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