Pennsylvania Nurse Receives Life Sentence for Administering Lethal Insulin Doses

A Pennsylvania nurse, Heather Pressdee, has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to administering lethal or potentially lethal doses of insulin to multiple patients. The sentencing, which took place in Butler, Pennsylvania, saw Pressdee receive three consecutive life sentences along with an additional term of 380-760 years behind bars.

Pressdee’s actions contributed to the deaths of at least 17 patients across five health facilities in four counties between 2020 and 2023. The victims, aged between 43 and 104, were subjected to Pressdee’s misconduct, despite coworkers expressing concerns about her behavior. Reports indicate that she often displayed disdain for her patients and made derogatory comments about them.

Originally charged in May 2023 for the deaths of two nursing home patients and the injury of another, further investigation revealed Pressdee’s involvement in numerous other cases. In February, during a contentious hearing with her attorneys, Pressdee expressed her desire to plead guilty.

Throughout the proceedings, Pressdee offered minimal commentary, primarily responding with single-word answers. When asked about her decision to plead guilty, she simply stated, “Because I am guilty.”

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