Three Nursing Home Employees, Including Doctor, Criminally Charged With Killing Patients By Overdose

One of three defendants charged with over drugging patients at a nursing home, resulting in three deaths, has accepted a plea bargain that involves testifying against the others.

The former pharmacist at the nursing facility has agreed to help prosecute the nursing director and a doctor.

All three worked at the skilled nursing facility until they were arrested in February on charges of elder abuse and causing harm or death.

The Attorney General's Office alleged the trio played a role in drugging at least 22 elderly residents with mood-altering medications to quiet and control them. Those drugs led to three deaths, the state alleged.

The pharmacist pleaded no contest last week to conspiracy to obstruct justice. She was sentenced to three years probation and one year in jail, but the jail sentence won't be imposed if she cooperates truthfully in the case and completes her probation with no further problems.

Ten other counts against her were dismissed in the plea bargain. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia. 

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