Feb 18, 2011 11:30 PM by Stefanie Boe
DENVER (AP) - A federal appeals court in Denver has upheld a 30-year prison sentence for a surgery technician infected with hepatitis C who injected herself with pain medication from syringes later used on surgical patients.
A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday rejected an appeal from Kristen Parker, who said the sentence was unreasonable.
Parker pleaded guilty to several charges of tampering with a consumer product and illegally obtaining a controlled substance in exchange for a 20-year sentence. But last year, a federal judge rejected the deal and gave her 30 years.
Authorities say Parker stole syringes filled with painkillers and replaced them with used syringes at two Colorado hospitals where she worked.
Up to three dozen patients were found to have hepatitis C after being exposed.