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Pa. Nurse pleads guilty to killing patient with fatal doses of insulin

A former Pennsylvania nurse was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to killing and attempting to kill multiple patients with lethal doses of insulin.

On Thursday, May 2, 41-year-old Heather Pressdee of Natrona Heights was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and 19 counts of criminal attempt to murder, said Attorney General Michelle Henry in a press release.

Pressdee, who has been incarcerated since her arrest in May 2023, pleaded guilty to “administering lethal and potentially lethal doses of insulin to 22 patients at facilities in Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler and Westmoreland counties beginning in 2020,” Henry's press release said.

The victims range in age from 43 to 104, according to the Associated Press.

Former nurse Heather Pressdee pleads guilty to administering fatal doses of insulin to patients.

Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office


A Butler County judge handed Pressdee life sentences for three counts of first-degree murder and sentenced the former nurse to 380 to 760 years consecutive in prison for 19 counts of criminal attempt to commit murder.

“The defendant used her position of trust as a means to poison patients who depended on her for care,” Attorney General Henry said in a statement released in the news release.

“This plea deal and life sentence will not bring back the lives lost, but it will ensure that Heather Pressdee never has the opportunity to cause further harm again,” the message continued.

“I extend my sincerest condolences to all who have suffered at the hands of this defendant,” Henry added, sharing a photo of the victims on X (formerly known as Twitter).

“I commend my agents, investigators and supporting agencies who have meticulously handled this investigation to uncover the defendant’s horrific actions,” Henry concluded.

A speaker said of Pressdee in court: “She is not sick. She's not crazy. She is evil personified…The morning she killed my father, I myself looked Satan in the face,” the AP said.

Several family members of the victims spoke during the hearing. Nick Cymbol was one of the patients Pressdee pleaded guilty to killing at Sunnyview Nursing Home in Butler, KDKA reported.

Cymbol's sister Melinda Brown described the former nurse as “pure evil” and added: “There is no justice for this. We will know justice when she meets her maker,” the outlet said.

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Pressdee also worked as a nurse at Quality Life Services in Chicora from May 23, 2022 to November 28, 2022. In May 2023, PEOPLE reported that she was accused of killing two patients – a 55-year-old man who died on December 4, 2022 and an 83-year-old man who died on December 25, 2022 – as well as the hospitalization of a third A 73-year-old alleged victim was taken to the hospital while he was working at the facility.

PEOPLE previously reported that Pressdee had briefly worked as a nurse at about 11 facilities since 2018, according to a complaint. Authorities claimed they “identified a pattern in which Pressdee was disciplined for abusive behavior toward patients and/or staff at each facility, resulting in her resignation or firing.”

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