A West Virginia Veteran Affairs hospital employee is facing life behind bars after admitting to taking the lives of several elderly veterans.
Former nursing assistant Reta Mays pleaded guilty on Tuesday to seven counts of second-degree murder and one-count of assault with intent to murder, following a two-year investigation into the mysterious deaths of eight veterans in Clarksburg.
Mays admitted to injecting the eight patients with fatal doses of insulin between July 2017 and June 2018.
She worked as a nursing assistant from 2015 to 2018, where she was responsible for checking the vitals of patients. This included testing many veterans glucose levels.
Investigators found seven patients had died as a direct result of the former nurse’s actions, following complications with their blood sugar.
“It was determined that the defendant injected exogenous insulin into the eight victims causing seven of them to die from the resulting effects of hypoglycemia,” explained William Powell, U.S. district attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.
However, attempts to kill the eighth victim seemingly failed at first as prosecutors could not directly relate his death to May’s admitted overdose injection.
“The eight victim died two weeks after the hypoglycemic event and we were unable to prove the cause of death beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Powell. “And, therefore, the plea in count eight is assault with intent to commit murder.”
Authorities reported all victims died after entering into a hypoglycemic state, which was brought on by dangerously low blood sugar.
Prosecutors first pressed for a life sentence for each count of murder. However, the district attorney said Mays will be sentenced to one life-term in prison as part of her plea deal.
Author: OAN Newsroom