Jan 19, 2011 7:36 AM by Bea Karnes
DENVER (AP) - A Colorado hospital worker infected with hepatitis C, who injected herself with pain medication from syringes later used on patients undergoing surgery, is asking a federal appeals court to decrease her 30-year sentence.
A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in the case involving surgery technician Kristen Parker. The judges did not indicate when they might rule.
Parker pleaded guilty to several charges of tampering with a consumer product and illegally obtaining a controlled substance. She worked at facilities in both Colorado Springs and Denver.
In February, Judge Robert E. Blackburn rejected a 20-year sentence included in a plea deal.
Up to three dozen patients were later found to have hepatitis C after being exposed to Parker's dirty needles.