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Reta Mays Sentenced to 7 Life Sentences In VA Patient Murders

FILE - This photo released July 14, 2020, by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority shows Reta Mays. Mays, a former nursing assistant at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.V., is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, May 11, 2021, for her guilty plea to intentionally killing seven patients with fatal doses of insulin. (West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority via AP)

The fired nursing assistant who admitted to killing seven elderly veterans with lethal doses of insulin was sentenced to seven consecutive life terms Tuesday.

Mays, 46, of Reynoldsville, pleaded guilty last year to seven counts of second-degree murder. She admitted at a July plea hearing to injecting the veterans with unprescribed insulin while she worked overnight shifts at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg between 2017 and 2018. Hospital officials reported the deaths to the VA inspector general and fired Mays.

Among Mays’ duties included measuring patients’ vital signs and blood glucose levels. VA nursing assistants are not qualified or authorized to administer medication, including insulin, prosecutors said. The hospital’s nursing assistants also were not required to have a certificate or license as a condition of continuing employment.

Powell said there were about 20 suspicious deaths at the medical center during the time Mays worked there, but charges were only brought in cases where the government thought it had sufficient evidence. She also was sentenced to another 20 years on an eighth charge.

Return to theintelligencer.net later today for more on this developing story.

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