BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors will recommend a prison sentence of five to seven years for a Massachusetts chemist charged in a far-reaching scandal at a state drug-testing lab.
Prosecutors from state Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office say in a sentencing memo that Annie Dookhan‘s actions were “selfish and shallow” and caused “egregious damage” to the state’s criminal justice system.READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
The memo was filed Thursday ahead of a court hearing Friday, when Dookhan’s lawyer and prosecutors are expected to discuss a possible guilty plea.READ MORE: Winthrop Woman Found Dead On Camelback Mountain In Arizona
Dookhan, of Franklin, is charged with obstruction of justice and other counts for allegedly faking test results and tampering with evidence.
At least 1,100 criminal cases have been dismissed or not prosecuted because of tainted evidence or other fallout from the shutdown of the lab where Dookhan worked.MORE NEWS: Laundry Detergent Spills On I-495 After Rollover Crash In Wrentham, Causes Significant Delays
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