MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former pharmacist in Wisconsin who purposefully ruined greater than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine was sentenced to a few years in jail on Tuesday.
Steven Brandenburg, 46, of Grafton, pleaded responsible in February to 2 felony counts of making an attempt to tamper with a shopper product. He had admitted to deliberately eradicating the doses manufactured by Moderna from a fridge for hours at Aurora Medical Middle in Grafton, positioned simply north of Milwaukee.
In a press release earlier than receiving his sentence, Brandenburg mentioned he felt “nice disgrace” and accepted accountability for his actions. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported he apologized to his co-workers, household and the group.
Aurora destroyed many of the tampered doses, however not earlier than 57 individuals acquired inoculations from the availability. These doses are believed to have nonetheless been efficient, however weeks of uncertainty created a storm of anger, nervousness and anguish among the many recipients, based on courtroom paperwork.
Prosecutors requested for a sentence of three years and 5 months. Brandenburg confronted a most penalty of 10 years of imprisonment at $250,000 in fines for every felony depend.
Brandenburg is an admitted conspiracy theorist who believes he’s a prophet and vaccines are a product of the satan. He additionally professed a perception that the Earth is flat and the 9/11 terrorist assaults had been faked.
Brandenburg additionally secretly substituted saline for flu vaccine that he was mandated to obtain and persuaded a number of co-workers to secretly swap saline for his or her flu vaccine as effectively, based on courtroom filings.
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