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Nurse pleads guilty to possession of young patient's seizure medications

A former nurse entered a plea of guilty Monday to possessing her disabled patient's pills.

In return, a count of theft of those medications was dismissed against Celeste Anne Kruft, 31. The Menahga woman has moved to South Dakota since her arrest March 14 for taking pills that were prescribed for a severely disabled boy she was the caregiver for.

The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 5 years and/or a $10,000 fine upon conviction. But Kruft has a zero criminal history score, so the state's sentencing guidelines would only mandate a maximum of one year and a day in jail.

Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne indicated in court Monday he would be seeking a 30-day jail term.

Sentencing has been set for Dec. 27. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered.

The boy's family agreed with the plea deal.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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