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Hospital Worker To Be Sentenced In Hepatitis Case

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A woman infected with hepatitis C by a former hospital technician has told him that he handed her and others "a potential death sentence."

Linda Ficken, of Andover, Kan., addressed 34-year-old David Kwiatkowski at his sentencing Monday in New Hampshire.

Kwiatkowski has admitted stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood. He worked in 18 hospitals in seven states before being hired at New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital in 2011.

Prosecutors are arguing for a 40-year sentence, saying his conduct was "unbelievably cruel."

Defense lawyers say he had a drug and alcohol addiction. They are seeking 30 years in prison.

Since his arrest last year, 46 people in New Hampshire, Maryland, Kansas and Pennsylvania have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries.

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