DENVER (CBS4)- A federal appeals court has rejected a request to reduce the sentence for a former surgery tech who infected patients with Hepatitis C.

A judge sentenced Kristen Parker to 30 years in prison after she admitted that she stole painkillers and left dirty syringes in their place. That was 10 years more than the plea agreement called for.

Parker had asked the appeals court to reduce her sentence to 20 years. She blames her actions on her addiction.

Parker worked at Rose Medical Center as an operating room technician. More than a dozen people were infected with Hepatitis C as a result of her actions.

The appeals court denied her request on Friday.

Comments (3)
  1. Lee Anne says:

    Imagine if she had NOT have been caught yet? She chose to be an addict, you must take your punishment for what you did, so very sad that many innocent people are being punished FOR LIFE as well… I am so glad that the Appeals court rejected her request!

  2. DenverVet says:

    Imagine how those 20 peopl e are going to suffer who got Hep C. Its a terrible disease, painful, etc. 20 years is not enough for this woman she has affected too many lives, family and marraiges with her dirty needles.

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