Crime

Read the book thrown at hep-C passer Kristen Parker

News broke late last week that Kristen Parker, the former Rose Medical Center surgical rep accused of passing hepatitis C to victims like those at the center of "Going Viral," Alan Prendergast's recent feature, would plead guilty to a potpourri of charges against her -- and by Friday afternoon, she'd accepted a twenty-year hitch in Prisonland. Her culpability hasn't been at issue since at least July, when she succinctly confessed, "I know, I fucked up" -- an understatement roughly the size of Invesco Field. Still, the magnitude of her fucked-upness comes across even more strongly in her plea agreement. Read it here -- and check out the Justice Department release below:

FORMER ROSE MEDICAL TECHNICIAN KRISTEN PARKER PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCT TAMPERING AND OBTAINING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE BY DECEIT

DENVER -- Former Rose Medical Center surgery technician Kristen Parker pled guilty this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn. She is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Blackburn on December 11, 2009 at 3:30pm. Parker pled guilty to five counts of product tampering and five counts of obtaining a controlled substance by deceit. According to the plea agreement, she faces a stipulated 240 months (20 years) in federal prison for her criminal conduct.

Statement by United States Attorney David Gaouette: "Today's plea agreement should reassure victims that the criminal justice system represents their interests."

Statement by FDA Office of Criminal Investigations Special Agent in Charge Steve Holt, from the Kansas City Field Office: "The FDA Office of Criminal Investigations considers this illegal conduct very serious and is fully committed to investigating and supporting the prosecution of those who may endanger the public health with tainted products. We continue to look forward to working with our law enforcement partners and commend the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Denver District Attorney's Office, the Denver Police Department and the DEA for their diligence."

Statement by Special Agent in Charge of the Denver Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration Jeffrey D. Sweetin: "The guilty plea today by Kristen Parker brings an end to a story that captured the attention of many in the state of Colorado. I hope, however, that this investigation will start a new awareness and discussion in our state of how the abuse of drugs by a few can affect all of us."

This case was investigated by FDA Office of Criminal Investigations and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaime Pena.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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