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39-year term for medical worker who infected 45

CONCORD, N.H. — Concluding one of the most egregious cases of misconduct by a medical technician, a federal judge sentenced a former Exeter Hospital employee to 39 years in prison Monday for an elaborate drug-stealing scheme that infected 45 patients in three states with hepatitis C.

Under a plea deal announced in August, David Kwiatkowski, a 34-year-old traveling medical worker, had agreed to a sentence ranging from 30 to 40 years. One of his victims, an elderly woman from Kansas, has since died, and her death has been linked to the liver-attacking virus she contracted from Kwiatkowski.

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