A US hospital technician has agreed to a plea deal after he admitted to stealing drugs and syringes, infecting dozens of patients with hepatitis C with tainted needles, and “killing a lot of people.”
David Kwiatkowski, a traveling medical technician, worked in 18 hospitals in seven US states before he was hired in New Hampshire in 2011, where he was soon arrested for infecting patients with tainted needles. He has been in jail since his July 2012 arrest.
If Kwiatkowski had stood trial, the 33-year-old man could have received a maximum sentence of 98 years behind bars. But because he pled guilty to the 14 federal drug theft and tampering charges he faced, he will now receive a sentence of 30 to 40 years.
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