Surgery tech in hepatitis C cases pleads guilty
September 25, 2009
DENVER – A Colorado surgery technician accused of possibly exposing thousands of hospital patients to hepatitis C after she used painkiller syringes will spend 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to some of the charges against her.
Kristen Diane Parker’s plea Friday was part of an agreement with prosecutors to avoid the trial scheduled for Monday. The 26-year-old previously pleaded not guilty to the 42-count indictment against her.
She pleaded guilty to five counts of tampering with a consumer product and five counts of obtaining a controlled substance by deceit or subterfuge. She will be sentenced Dec. 11.
Prosecutors say Parker stole syringes filled with painkillers to feed a drug habit and replaced them with syringes she used and refilled with saline solution at two hospitals.