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A registered nurse from Pittsfield has been sentenced to 90 days in prison for stealing fentanyl from a sedated patient in Berkshire Medical Center’s critical care unit.

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston,

Jessica Lotto, 37, of Pittsfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to three months in prison and one year of supervised release. On May 31, 2022, Lotto pleaded guilty to one count of acquiring a controlled substance by fraud, deceit or subterfuge. 

In February 2019, while working as a nurse at Berkshire Medical Center, Lotto entered a patient’s room in the critical care unit where she used a syringe to steal fentanyl being administered to the patient through an IV line. The patient was sedated and unaware of Lotto’s actions. Lotto later admitted to taking the drug from the patient.