Former employee at Clarksburg veterans hospital pleads guilty…

| July 25, 2020

Federal Courthouse, Clarksburg WVa

One of our ninjas sends.

…to Seven Counts of Murder.

By Brad McElhinny

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A former nursing assistant at the Clarksburg VA Medical Center has pleaded guilty to killing 7 veterans by injecting them with insulin.

Reta Mays, 46, of Harrison County, entered that plea Tuesday afternoon to a federal information before U.S. District Judge Thomas Kleeh in Clarksburg.

She faces consecutive life terms for seven murder counts and another 20 years for a count of assault with attempt to murder. For now, she has been taken to West Virginia’s Northern Regional Jail.

During a hearing that lasted about an hour, Mays agreed with extensive questioning about whether she was aware of the terms of the plea, weeping at first and then building to sobs.

Mays, with short brown hair, glasses and a white facemask as a coronavirus precaution, stood as Kleeh asked “Did you in fact do what they say you did?”

She answered just as she had to prior questions, “Yes sir.”

But Mays did not ever say why she committed the crimes, and federal prosecutors said they were less concerned her motive than with keeping her away from further victims and sending her to prison.

A status conference is set for late October as defense attorneys and prosecutors build more of the case record. Her defense lawyers said they need to document mitigating circumstances as Kleeh considers what her sentence will wind up being.

The charges and plea follow a two-year investigation that began after the VA Medical Center reported several suspicious deaths. Mays had access to the veterans’ hospital rooms. She wasn’t supposed to have access to insulin.

Old fashioned police work brought her down, at least the means and opportunity parts; we may never know what motivated her to commit her crimes. Read the entire article here: WV Metro News

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  1. Claw says:

    Not trying to be nasty, but this story was already posted by that guy who wears a pink bathrobe back on July 15th.

    Please don’t beat me./s

  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    “…document mitigating circumstances…” My ass! Document her screaming descent into hell as a needle full of a vile chemical concoction courses its way thru her veins into what little of a heart she has.

    Recognized this story from when that pink robed/bike short wearing Hardin Boy posted it the other day. Also recognized that Alfalfa cowlick coming up on the infamous picture of said pink robe wearing Hardin Boy. Closing the eyes and spinning the wheel got me past the photo and I was able to scroll back up underneath in order to make my comment. Do I need to add “wear my welding goggles” to the “no eating/drinking while reading TAH” list of precautions?

  3. Roger in Republic says:

    How do you murder seven helpless people on federal property an escape with your life.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why I stay away from the VA…

    • Hondo says:

      Not unique to the VA. Medical professionals on rare occasions turn killer in other medical care facilities also. Google “Donald Harvey”, “Charles Cullen”, “Michael Swango”, “Elizabeth Wettlaufer”, or “Niels Högel” for examples.

      • Thunderstixx says:

        Very true.
        Elder abuse is very prescient in many facilities.
        I was a witness to one asswipe slapping a resident and probably stopped the CNA from causing great harm to the confused lady.
        He went to jail for 30 years.

  5. Berliner says:

    Just strap her down in the prison infirmary and let nature take it’s course. I’m sure if she has trouble sleeping they can give her something to help.