A Magoffin County woman was sentenced to 24 months in prison this past week on a charge of tampering with a controlled substance, a crime which allegedly occurred while she was employed at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
According to a statement issued by the office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Robert M. Duncan Jr., on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Robert Wier sentenced Kelsie Spencer, 25, of Mine Fork Road, Salyersville two two years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervise release to follow.
Spencer pleaded guilty to the charge in July.
According to the plea agreement in the case, while working as a nurse at Paul B. Hall, Spencer removed vials of the drug Stadol from the drug supply area of the hospital, for her own activity. The plea agreement said Spencer then injected a saline solution back into the vials in order to conceal her criminal activity.
In the plea agreement, Spencer acknowledged that she acted with reckless disregard for the risk that another person would be placed in danger of death or bodily injury if healthcare personnel had attempted to utilize the altered drugs on a patient who actually needed them.
After the sentencing, court documents show, Spencer was lodged in the Pike County Detention Center to await transfer to a federal correctional facility.