Meningitis outbreak victims speak at pharmacist sentencing

BOSTON/January 31, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Victims of the 2012 meningitis outbreak and their family members are describing the pain and suffering they experienced because of the contaminated drugs.

The victims spoke Wednesday during the sentencing hearing in federal court in Boston for pharmacist Glenn Chin, who was convicted of racketeering and mail fraud for his role in the nationwide outbreak.

The Massachusetts man was cleared in October of second-degree murder under federal racketeering law.

Colette Rybinski choked back tears as she described watching her 55-year-old husband deteriorate mentally and physically after being injected with a mold-tainted steroid.

She urged the judge to punish Chin severely, saying he ignored plenty of warning signs that the drugs were unsafe.

Prosecutors are seeking a 35-year-sentence for Chin. Chin’s lawyers are asking for about three years behind bars.

By Associated Press, published on STL.NEWS by St. Louis Media, LLC (TM)