Former UPMC tech to be sentenced in N.H. for infecting patients with hepatitis C
At least two Allegheny County residents sickened with hepatitis C by a traveling radiology technician who infected them through tainted syringes at UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland believe his 30- to 40-year prison sentence is sufficient, their attorney said on Wednesday.
“I haven't heard anything to suggest that they believe he should get anything more severe or less,” said Brendan Lupetin of Meyers Evans & Associates, Downtown.
A New Hampshire federal judge will sentence David Kwiatkowski, 34, on Monday. Kwiatkowski agreed to serve 30 to 40 years when he pleaded guilty in August to 14 theft and drug charges.
“He's going to be in prison until his mid-60s,” Lupetin said. “That's going to give some peace of mind that this guy is having to serve time for what happened. Some people felt he should have gotten more. Some people think 30 years is plenty. Either way, it's just a sad case.”
Prosecutors are seeking a 40-year term for what they deemed a “national public health crisis,” while defense attorneys say Kwiatkowski should get 30 years, in part because a drug addiction clouded his judgment. Both sides filed documents this week outlining their recommendations.
Kwiatkowski admitted to stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood. His plea deal allowed him to avoid criminal charges in Georgia, Kansas and Maryland.
UPMC officials fired Kwiatkowski in May 2008 on suspicion of stealing narcotics. He worked at UPMC for 47 days, according to the health care giant.
Lupetin's lawsuit filed on behalf of Tammy Hoyman and William Stewart, whose ages and areas of residence were not available, claims UPMC failed to property hire and oversee Kwiatkowski.
UPMC officials declined to comment.
After leaving Pittsburgh, Kwiatkowski worked at 18 hospitals in Maryland, Arizona, Kansas and Georgia until March 2011. He was fired at least four times over drug allegations during that period.
Police in New Hampshire arrested Kwiatkowski in July 2012 because he was caught stealing medication at Exeter Hospital, located about an hour north of Boston.
The Associated Press contributed to this story. Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Reagan shooter Hinckley closer to permanent freedom
- Steelers won’t be backed into a corner at NFL Draft
- Crosby’s 2 goals lift Penguins past Rangers, even series
- Sutter steps up for Penguins in series-tying victory
- Fights reported, shots fired outside Monroeville Mall restaurant
- Starkey: Taylor’s type fading away
- Penguins notebook: Johnston says Perron needs to shoot
- Crosby says Edmonton would be good spot for prospective top pick McDavid
- Transportation challenges rife as Pittsburgh focuses on making fixes
- Coming off hill revives Seton Hill University, downtown Greensburg
- Governor Wolf’s outreach to lawmakers contrasts with Corbett’s style