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Jan 22, 2010 9:31 AM by Associated Press

Surgery tech with hepatitis C to be sentenced

Some of the three dozen people infected with hepatitis C by a drug-addicted surgery technician's dirty syringes plan to speak at her sentencing hearing in federal court.

Kristen Diane Parker is expected to be sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison. Parker, who has hepatitis C, admitted stealing syringes filled with a painkiller from operating carts at Rose Medical Center in Denver and the Audubon Surgery Center in Colorado Springs.

She told prosecutors she injected herself and replaced the stolen syringes with ones filled with saline. She says she meant to use clean replacement needles but got careless. The 27-year-old pleaded guilty last year to tampering with a consumer product and obtaining a controlled substance by deceit or subterfuge.

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