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Ex-Wisconsin pharmacist gets prison for ruining COVID-19 vaccine

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2021 booking photo provided by the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office in...
FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2021 booking photo provided by the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office in Port Washington, Wis., Steven Brandenburg is shown.(Ozaukee County Sheriff via AP, File)
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 4:19 PM EDT
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MILWAUKEE (AP) - A former pharmacist in Wisconsin who purposefully ruined more than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Steven Brandenburg, of Grafton, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in February to two felony counts of attempting to tamper with a consumer product. He had admitted to intentionally removing the doses manufactured by Moderna from a refrigerator for hours at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, located just north of Milwaukee.

Brandenburg said in a statement before receiving his sentence that he felt “great shame” and accepted responsibility for his actions. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports he apologized to his co-workers, family and the community.

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6/8/2021 4:02:27 PM (GMT -4:00)