Hospital tech who infected patients with hepatitis C to receive sentence Monday

 

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The Exeter, N.H., hospital tech convicted of infecting patients with hepatitis C will receive his sentence Monday.
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The Exeter, N.H., hospital technician convicted of infecting multiple patients with hepatitis C will receive his sentence in court Monday.

Known as a “serial infector,” David Kwiatkowski stole painkillers from Exeter Hospital by refilling stolen Fentanyl vials with saline, which was tainted with his own hepatitis-infected blood. In August Kwiatkowski admitted to leaving dirty syringes for hospital use despite knowing that he was infected with hepatitis C, and pleaded guilty to obtaining controlled substances by fraud and tampering with a consumer product.

Kwiatkowski has asked U.S. District Judge Joseph Laplante to sentence him to 30 years in federal prison, Reuters reports.

Prosecutors have requested a 40-year sentence, saying that he knowingly put patients in eight states in danger over about a decade of work as a traveling hospital technician.

“The defendant continued this reckless conduct with full knowledge that he had hepatitis C and that he was, by his own admission, ‘going to kill a lot of people out of this,’” prosecutors said in their sentencing memo, filed in U.S. district court in Concord, N.H.

“While Kwiatkowski initially denied involvement in the offense, he confessed to the crime before his first court appearance, when he admitted that he knew that he was infected with hepatitis C, and did not try to blame anyone else for his conduct,” his attorneys wrote in a court filing.

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