Nurse who stole morphine from hospice patients faces prison

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A nurse who pleaded guilty to stealing morphine from hospice patients at a central Illinois nursing home has been sentenced to six years in federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Springfield said in a news release that 47-year-old Kandis Mills of Tuscola must report to the federal Bureau of Prisons on May 25.

Mills pleaded guilty in 2018 to two counts of a federal charge of tampering with consumer products and was sentenced Friday. Prosecutors say she stole the morphine and topped the bottles up with water. They say her colleagues reported she was lethargic and slurred her words.