GA Woman pleads guilty to mishandling more than 1,200 mammograms

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 9:23am

Prosecutors say 10 women with cancer were told their mammograms were clean.

And now the woman accused of lying about those results, is headed to spend the next several months in prison.

Rachel Rapraeger accepted a plea deal in court in Perry, Georgia Tuesday.

Rachel Michelle Rapraeger sat in front of Judge Katherine Lumsden and several women who Rapraeger told had negative mammogram readings, when in fact a doctor never read the results.

Rapraeger gave Sharon Holmes a false reading in December 2009. Two months later Holmes found out she had breast cancer, and it had spread into her lymph nodes.

Rapraeger's attorney says she was overworked and overwhelmed. He said she wasn't supervised like she should have been, and she says a hospital employee gave her radiologist's pin numbers.

Rapraeger plead guilty to ten counts of reckless conduct and one count of computer forgery.

Lumsden sentenced her to twelve months probation for each of the ten counts of reckless conduct -- and ten years to serve up to 160 days in a state detention center.

But Holmes isn't satisfied with Rapraeger's punishment.

Sharon Holmes now calls herself a survivor, and has been in remission for three years.

And Rapraeger was not taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.

But the judge ordered her to start serving her sentence Thursday morning.

It's not known yet which state detention center she will be going to.

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