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Pharmacist in meningitis outbreak that killed 19 Michiganders gets prison sentence

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A pharmacist at a Massachusetts facility responsible for the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

The outbreak killed 76 people, including 19 from Michigan. Hundreds of others were sickened.

Glenn Chin apologized to the victims before he was sentenced in Boston's federal courthouse on Wednesday.

Chin was cleared in October of second-degree murder charges, but convicted of racketeering and mail fraud. Chin ran the now-closed New England Compounding Center's clean rooms, where the drugs were made.

Prosecutors had sought 35 years in prison. Chin's attorneys asked for about three.

The pharmacy's co-founder Barry Cadden was also acquitted of murder, but was convicted of conspiracy and fraud. He's serving a nine-year prison term.

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Rebecca Kruth is the host of All Things Considered at Michigan Public. She also co-hosts Michigan Public's weekly language podcast That’s What They Say with English professor Anne Curzan.
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