‘She’s Pure Evil’

(StraightShooterNews.com) – For betraying her pledge, 41-year-old nurse Heather Pressdee from Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, has been described as “pure evil” for poisoning and killing 17 patients.

In the aftermath of the crimes, Pressdee has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and 19 counts of criminal attempt to commit murder.

Prosecutors revealed that Pressdee’s criminal activities began in 2020, during which she administered lethal doses of insulin to at least 22 patients across various counties. Her actions caused the deaths of 17 individuals.

Pressdee was handed three consecutive life sentences for the murders and an additional 380 to 760 years for the attempted murders.

Attorney General Michelle Henry emphasized the betrayal of trust involved, stating, “The defendant used her position of trust as a means to poison patients who depended on her for care. This plea and life sentence will not bring back the lives lost, but it will ensure Heather Pressdee never has another opportunity to inflict further harm.”

During the sentencing, the victims’ family members expressed their grief and anger. Melinda Brown, one of the victims’ sister, referred to Pressdee as “pure evil,” while Elizabeth Simons Ozella, another victim’s daughter, said she could never forgive Pressdee for what she did.

Pressdee’s criminal activities came to light when Attorney General Henry’s office received a referral in late 2022 about a patient under Pressdee’s care. An extensive investigation then uncovered the scale of the deaths linked to her.

Before her arrest, Pressdee was disciplined at numerous nursing jobs throughout Western Pennsylvania for inappropriate behavior towards patients and staff, being fired or resigning from each.

Her nursing license was issued in 2018 and remained active until her arrest in 2023 and was under scrutiny as well.

Pressdee’s attorneys, Phil DiLucente and James DePasquale, initially sought to avoid the death penalty for their client, although they recognized the severity of the charges.

DiLucente shared that Pressdee allegedly felt remorse and apologized in court. Even so, reactions from the victims’ families varied, with some saying they were unable to forgive.

DiLucente also revealed that Pressdee previously worked in a veterinary clinic where she euthanized animals as a way to end their suffering.

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