A Pennsylvania nurse was sentenced to life in prison after admitting to intentionally giving patients excessive doses of insulin, prosecutors said


A Pennsylvania nurse is accused of murder Three patients at skilled nursing facilities across the state who attempted to kill 19 others in their care pleaded guilty Thursday and were sentenced to life in prison, according to a news release from Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry.

The sentence for former nurse Heather Pressdee includes three consecutive life sentences for the first-degree murders and 380 to 760 years of consecutive sentences for the attempted murders, the release said.

“The defendant used her position of trust as a means to poison patients who depended on her for care,” Henry said. “This plea deal and life sentence will not bring back the lives lost, but it will ensure that Heather Pressdee never again has the opportunity to cause further harm.”

Pressdee pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, her lawyer Phillip DiLucente told CNN on Thursday.

Pressdee was accused of intentionally administering lethal and potentially lethal doses of medication to patients at five different nursing facilities between 2020 and 2023.

According to the news release, Pressdee injected the insulin into patients in Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler and Westmoreland counties.

She was first charged with murder and attempted murder in May 2023 after two men died and a third was hospitalized, CNN previously reported. Pressdee has been detained since her arrest in May.

In the criminal complaint filed against the former nurse, Henry's office said Pressdee admitted to “harming with intent to kill” the 19 patients, whose ages ranged from 43 to 104 years old.

The criminal complaint states that during the short-staffed night shift, she frequently administered insulin while working on the medication cart at the facilities.

“Pressdee often took steps to ensure that her victims would die before shift change so that they would not be taken to the hospital, where her scheme could be discovered through medical tests such as C-peptide testing,” the criminal complaint states.

“Numerous relatives of the victims” made statements in Butler County Court this week, the attorney general’s press release said. They shared the “pain and anguish caused by the realization that the death of their loved ones was not natural but was caused by a criminal act.”

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