A lab chief’s sentencing for meningitis deaths is postponed, extending grief of victims’ families

(18 Apr 2024)
RESTRICTION SUMMARY:

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Howell, Michigan — 18 April 2024
1. Wide of courthouse
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Peggy Nuerenberg, daughter of victim Mary Plettl:
"I felt that how things developed today were, just disrespectful to the victims who came today, who worked hard to prepare, to prepare statements on behalf of their loved one that were meaningful and impactful. And I was absolutely blindsided by this. Of all the things like what happened today, I did not think we’d be adjourned for another two weeks. It’s uh, it’s uh, disappointing."

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ARCHIVE: Boston — 26 June 2017
3. STILL photo of Barry Cadden, Photo ID: 24065609407588

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Howell, Michigan — 18 April 2024
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Gene Keyes, whose mother died in 2012:
"It’s a joke. If you read the paper, the attorney general said that most of the families agreed to it to put this matter behind us. I was one that wanted to go to trial because he’s not going to serve any more time. And I think that’s wrong."

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ARCHIVE: Washington — 14 November 2012
5. STILL of New England Compounding Center President, co-founder, and Director of Pharmacy Barry Cadden is sworn in on Capitol Hill Photo ID: 17174690574685

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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Gene Keyes, whose mother died in 2012, on how he felt seeing Cadden in court:
"Not a human being. He put greed over people, and that’s, that’s a shame."

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ARCHIVE: Framingham, Massachusetts – 4 October 2012
7. STILL of a (English) “No Soliciting” sign hanging on the door of the New England Compounding Center, Photo ID: 142681560316

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Howell, Michigan — 18 April 2024
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ken Borton, who survived getting a tainted steroid shot:
"You know, it’s it’s been a tough road, but, you know, I’m not I’m not liking what’s going on today."

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ARCHIVE: Boston — 6 March 2017
9. STILL photo of Barry Cadden, Photo ID: 17137509758586
STORYLINE:
A 12-year saga over a fatal national meningitis outbreak still isn’t over.

A man whose specialty pharmacy caused the outbreak in 2012 was supposed to be sentenced Thursday in Michigan for involuntary manslaughter. But the hearing was suddenly postponed until May when a different judge took the case.

Relatives of some of the deceased in Michigan were prepared to give victim-impact statements.

Peggy Nuerenberg, whose 88-year-old mother, Mary Plettl, died after getting a tainted steroid injection for pain, said she was “absolutely blindsided."

"I felt that how things developed today were just disrespectful to the victims who came today, who worked hard to prepare, to prepare statements on behalf of their loved one that were meaningful and impactful," she said.

Barry Cadden operated New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. It shipped tainted painkillers to clinics around the country. More than 700 people in 20 states were sickened with meningitis or other debilitating illnesses and at least 64 died.    

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