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Mar 30, 2016 1:39 PM

UPDATE: NH paramedic convicted of stealing fentanyl, other painkillers from hospital

The Associated Press

DOVER (AP) - A southeastern New Hampshire paramedic has been convicted of 16 charges stemming from his theft of prescription drugs from a Rochester hospital.

READ: Ex-Rochester firefighter accused of stealing prescription drugs awaiting jury's verdict

Foster's Daily Democrat reports 50-year-old Donald Penney was found guilty Tuesday of stealing the painkillers fentanyl and hydromorphone from Frisbie Memorial Hospital on numerous occasions between April 2012 and August 2013.

Penney faces between 7½ to 15 years in prison and a $4,000 fine for each guilty charge.

He was initially indicted on 29 charges, but four were dropped during the trial and the Strafford County jury acquitted him of nine other offenses.

Assistant County Attorney Alysia Cassotis says the state's position was never that Penney is a bad man, but instead his struggles with a drug addiction led him down a criminal path.

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