CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A hospital technician accused of causing a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis C last year is set to plead guilty in New Hampshire federal court in exchange for a prison term of 30 to 40 years.
A plea agreement filed Monday says the deal would allow David Kwiatkowski to avoid criminal charges in Kansas, Maryland and Georgia.
Kwiatkowski is accused of injecting himself with the painkiller fentanyl using stolen syringes, then replacing the drug with saline before the tainted syringes were used on patients.
The plea deal says dozens of patients were infected and hepatitis C genetically linked to Kwiatkowski's strain played a "contributing role" in one Kansas patient's death.
The agreement says the traveling cardiac technologist will plead guilty to seven counts each of tampering with a consumer product and obtaining controlled substances by fraud.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)