LAS VEGAS CBS KXNT- One of three co-defendants in the prosecution of clinic owner Dr. Dipak Desai in the criminally negligent infection of patients with Hepatitis C has taken a plea agreement. An attorney for former nurse Keith Mathahs says the man and his family can no longer endure the stress of the legal proceedings.
“The benefit of a plea negotiation outweighed the costs associated with going to trial,” attorney Michael Cristalli told KXNT on Monday.
Mathis is nearly 77 years old, Cristalli said. Even a partial conviction at trial would have meant, effectively, spending the remainder of his life in jail.
He will now testify against Desai and another co-defendant, and will face a sentence ranging from probation to 72 months in prison.
Prosecutors will drop a murder charge against Mathahs that was added to the 28-count indictment after one of the infected patients died earlier this year.