Utah nurse gets 5 years for spreading hepatitis C by sharing infected needles
KSTU / Weber County
Elet Neilson was an emergency room nurse at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden when the crime occurred.

By John Franchi, KSTU

SALT LAKE CITY (KSTU) -- A former nurse was sentenced to five years in federal prison for infecting several of her patients with hepatitis C.

Elet Neilson was an emergency room nurse at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden when the crime occurred.

She admitted that in 2014, she injected herself with pain killers meant for her patients. She then used the dirty needles on them, spreading the disease.

Neilson told the judge she had been going through a divorce and lost her house to a fire in the weeks before taking the drugs.

Judge Dee Benson sentenced Neilson to five years in prison. She was ordered to report to a facility in Bryan, Texas by March 2.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Neilson, 53, pleaded guilty in September to two counts of tampering with a consumer product and two counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance.

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