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Feb 12, 2010 8:38 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

28 charges dropped in surgery tech's hepatitis C case

A federal judge has dismissed 28 charges against a surgery tech as part of an agreement with prosecutors in the case where she stole painkillers and infected patients with hepatitis C.

Kristen Diane Parker was to be sentenced to 20 years in prison last month in a plea deal with prosecutors but a judge said it was not enough time. Parker renewed her guilty plea Feb. 5 and is expected to be sentenced Feb. 24 on five counts of tampering with a consumer product and five counts of obtaining a controlled substance by deceit or subterfuge.

A judge dismissed other charges Thursday at the request of prosecutors.

Parker, who has hepatitis C, says she injected herself with painkiller-filled syringes and replaced them with ones filled with saline while she worked at Rose Medical Center in Denver and the Audubon Surgery Center in Colorado Springs.

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