Colorado

Sep 25, 2009 7:19 PM by Associated Press

Former surgery tech will spend 20 years behind bars

A plea deal has been struck in the case of a Colorado surgery technician accused of swapping her dirty syringes for ones filled with powerful painkillers meant for patients, possibly exposing them to hepatitis C.

Kristen Parker pleaded guilty, Friday, to five counts of tampering with a consumer product and five counts of obtaining a controlled substance by deceit or subterfuge. Under the plea agreement, Parker will spend 20 years in prison. She will be sentenced December 11.

Prosecutors have said they linked 35 Hepatitis C cases in patients at two Colorado medical facilities, including Audubon Surgery Center in Colorado Springs, to Parker.

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