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Former health care worker sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering 7 veterans

May 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A former health care worker was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison for providing fatal insulin doses to elderly patients at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia.

(CNN)A former health care worker was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison for providing fatal insulin doses to elderly patients at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia.

While working the overnight shift, Mays administered deadly doses of insulin, used to treat patients with diabetes, to veterans who had been admitted to the hospital for a variety of issues related to old age.

"Ms. Mays, several times your counsel has made the point that you shouldn't be considered a monster," he said later in the hearing.

"There are no words I can say that would offer the families any comfort," Mays said.

"But I hope today that these sentences do provide the respect and honor these men deserve," Acting US Attorney Randy Bernard said during a news conference.

Bernard said that while justice was a hard goal to reach, prosecutors were able to achieve some requests from the families of the victims, including consecutive life sentences for Mays.

Missal acknowledged in a news release on Tuesday that while responsibility lay with Mays, an investigation had found systemic errors that contributed to her actions going undetected.

"While responsibility for these heinous criminal acts lies with Reta Mays, an extensive healthcare inspection by our office found the facility had serious and pervasive clinical and administrative failures that contributed to them going undetected," said Missal.

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