June 21, 2018
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Union nursing aide convicted of possessing patient’s morphine

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 26-year-old Union certified nursing assistant avoided jail but has lost her career after being convicted Wednesday of possessing morphine intended for a patient.

Danielle Beardsley pleaded guilty in Knox County Superior Court to one count of possessing morphine in exchange for the dismissal of the more serious charge of stealing the drug. She was sentenced by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm to 364 days in jail with all of the prison time suspended. She also was placed on probation and fined $400.

The incident occurred in April at the home of a patient in Union, where Beardsley was working as a certified nursing assistant for Kno-Wal-Lin, according to Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald.

The state agreed to lower the charge because Beardsley has no prior criminal record and she cooperated with the investigation, the prosecutor said.

Defense attorney Jeremy Pratt said that Beardsley was likely to lose both her CNA license and her radiological technician license for life.

Hjelm said this was a sad situation and that Beardsley had thrown away all that she had worked for by committing the crime.

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