Reta Mays Gets 7 Consecutive Life Sentences
A former nursing assistant was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday by a federal judge who dubbed her “the monster that no one sees coming” for killing seven elderly veterans with lethal insulin injections at a West Virginia hospital.
Before sentencing her to seven consecutive life sentences, U.S. District Judge Thomas Kleeh told her, “you knew what you were doing.”
Mays, 46, pleaded guilty in federal court last year to seven counts of second-degree murder for killing the men with unprescribed insulin at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.
During her overnight shifts at the hospital in 2017 and 2018, Mays did online research on female serial killers and viewed the Netflix series “Nurses Who Kill,” according to Judge Kleeh. He also said she disputed her involvement three times, telling police she had no understanding of the crimes.
“Several times your counsels made the point that you shouldn’t be considered a monster,” Judge Kleeh told Mays. “Respectfully, I disagree with that. You are the worst kind. You’re the monster that no one sees coming.”
Mays sobbed and apologized in a short statement to the court before hearing her sentence.
After the deaths were reported to the VA inspector general, hospital authorities fired Mays after available evidence pointed to her.