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Nurse pleads guilty in fentanyl theft case

Fentanyl citrate in various forms prescribed by doctors
Joaquin Corbalan
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Prosecutors say she stole the medicine from Heartland Regional Medical Center

A Norris City woman has pleaded guilty on possession charges related to a fentanyl case in Williamson County.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul's Office says 46-year old Linnea O'Neal pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance in Williamson County Court.

O'Neal is a first-time offender, so she received probation and will have to perform 30 hours of community service and submit to drug treatment and testing.

Raoul's Office says O'Neal was working as a nurse at Heartland Regional Medical Center when she took several doses of fentanyl from the hospital's supply. Se was arrested last November and confessed to taking the drugs.

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