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Laporte LPN to be sentenced for taking hospice patient's medications

A Laporte Licensed Practical Nurse is set for sentencing Feb. 4 after pleading guilty to diverting a hospice patient's medications.

Lisa Joy Dykema, 37, was employed at Golden Livingcenter in Walker at the time. She pled guilty Jan. 7 to a 5th Degree Drug Possession charge.

She is charged with signing for the delivery of a hospice patient's Dilaudid supply in May 2012. The 60 pills were later discovered missing from the patient's narcotics drawer, according to a complaint filed by the Board of Nursing..

Dilaudid is a morphine-derivative medication used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

She was charged in Cass County District Court. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine upon conviction.

Read more on the story in Wednesday's Enterprise.

Sarah Smith

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

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