Nursing assistant Reta Mays has pleaded guilty to eight felonies in federal court involving the murders of seven armed service veterans.
This felonies include seven counts of second-degree murder and “one count of assault with intent to commit murder,” the Daily Wire reports.
According to the report, the veterans were not close to death and that Mays pleaded guilty to killing them “willfully, deliberately, maliciously, and with malice aforethought.”
The murders tragically took place between July 2017 and June 2018 as Mays worked at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Virginia.
At the time of the deaths, the causes were believed to be severe hypoglycemia or extremely low blood sugar.
The Daily Wire reports:
The plea, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia and obtained by CNN, stated that Mays began working at the Clarksburg, West Virginia, hospital in June 2015 and “was responsible for measuring patients’ vital signs, documenting patients’ intake and output, testing patients’ blood glucose levels with a glucometer, and sitting one on one with patients who required close observation.” Mays, however, was “not qualified [nor] authorized to administer medication, including insulin.”
The patients who died under Mays’ care were not close to death and were not in the intensive care unit, CNN reported. An internal investigation was launched, leading to a referral for a criminal investigation.
Responding to the plea, the VA Office of the Inspector General released a statement calling the murders “tragic and heartbreaking.”
“This case is particularly shocking because these deaths were at the hands of a nursing assistant who was entrusted with providing compassionate and supportive care to veterans. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims,” the office said. “Within a matter of days of learning of the suspicious deaths at the facility, VA OIG agents identified the defendant as a person of interest. Working with medical facility leaders, the defendant was immediately removed from patient care. Without critical investigative actions being taken so expeditiously, additional lives could have been lost.”