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Pennsylvania Nurse Pleads Guilty To Murder And Attempted Murder Of Patients

Over the years, the Allegiant Experts Blog has covered many a story about health care fraud. We have also taken several looks at instances of medical misconduct in our country. However, no story has quite provided the shock value than the one released by Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General last week. A word of caution: it involves multiple murders.


Pennsylvania nurse pleads guilty to three counts of murder.


As the report reveals, Heather Pressdee has pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and 19 counts of criminal attempt to commit murder. As a result, she will rightfully spend the rest of her life in prison. There is no possibility of parole. The Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania resident worked as a nurse. She admitted to intentionally administering lethal doses of insulin to patients at numerous skilled nursing facilities.


“The Office of Attorney General received a referral late in 2022 regarding a patient under Pressdee’s care,” explains the report, “The Office of Attorney General then conducted a comprehensive investigation which revealed numerous deaths linked to Pressdee. Charges were filed in May and November 2023. Pressdee has been incarcerated since her arrest in May 2023.”


Pressdee administered lethal and potentially lethal doses of insulin.


According to the report, Pressdee administered lethal and potentially lethal doses of insulin to 22 patients. Dating back to 2020, her horrifying acts were committed at facilities in Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler and Westmoreland counties. Most of the patients died very shortly after their insulin doses.


The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General reports that, in accordance with Pressdee’s plea agreement, she will serve three consecutive life sentences related to the three counts of first degree murder. She has also been sentenced to 380 to 760 years of consecutive incarceration for the 19 counts of criminal attempt to commit murder.


Several relatives of the victims gave victim impact statements.


Last week, several relatives of the victims were given the opportunity to speak at Pressdee’s hearing. In the painful victim impact statements, the individuals disclosed their feelings of extreme pain and anguish. Their devastation was exacerbated by the fact that they lost cherished loved ones due to causes that were criminal instead of natural.


Attorney General Michelle Henry made the announcement about Pressdee’s sentencing last Thursday. She had the following to say: “The defendant used her position of trust as a means to poison patients who depended on her for care. This plea and life sentence will not bring back the lives lost, but it will ensure Heather Pressdee never has another opportunity to inflict further harm. I offer my sincere sympathy to all who have suffered at this defendant’s hands. I commend my agents and investigators, and assisting agencies, who meticulously worked this investigation to uncover the defendant’s terrible acts.”


At Allegiant Experts, we would like to see such dangerous offenders continually face justice.


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