The Ulster County man who planted mercury at Albany Medical Center in 2011 was sentenced in court on Thursday. YNN's Erin Connolly has the latest.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Last November, Martin Kimber plead guilty to use of a chemical weapon, possession of a chemical weapon and consumer product tampering. On Thursday at the Federal Courthouse in Albany, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $200,000 in restitution to Albany Medical Center.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Benedict said, "There was certainly ample reason to be extraordinarily concerned about what happened and the manner in which it happened."
On four separate occasions since 2011, Kimber placed mercury in various places in Albany Medical Center. The last known incident took place in March 2012, when he put the chemical in the hospital's cafeteria.
Benedict said, "Mercury is one of the top ten most dangerous chemicals that present worldwide and public health problems."
Kimber had received medical care from Albany Medical Center in 2010 and was upset about the bill he received. James Long, Kimber's attorney, did not return our request for comment. He previously said his client wanted to close down the hospital by causing panic.
Benedict said, "He had an estate worth approximately $500,000. He had ample funds to pay for it. He simply didn't want to pay his bill."
Officials at Albany Medical Center declined to comment. As for Kimber, once he leaves prison, he faces five years of post release supervision. His attorney is appealing the sentence.