Verdict reached in care center pill theft case

The former Grundy Care Center nursing director who was charged with stealing opioids prescribed to her patients in 2015 has pled guilty to a pair of aggravated misdemeanors and will receive a two-year suspended prison sentence.


Laura Townsend-Edler, age 53, was convicted of Tampering with Records and Wanton Neglect of a Resident of a Health Care Facility on January 23, and as part of her plea, two felony counts of prohibited acts with a controlled substance were dismissed.


On the first two charges, she will be required to pay a total of $1,250 in fines with a 35 percent surcharge and remain on probation for two years. 


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