Man pleads guilty to spreading mercury in Albany Med cafeteria

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The man who police say brought mercury into Albany Medical Center cafeteria accepted a plea deal in Federal Court on Thursday morning.

Martin Kimber, a retired pharmacist from Ultster County, pleaded guilty Thursday to all three counts he's facing, including chemical weapon violations and consumer product tampering.

Mercury was found inside the Albany Med cafeteria in March. Kimber was observed on hospital surveillance cameras placing a substance in the cafeteria. Mercury was later found on food and heating elements in the cafeteria in which it could vaporize into the air.

The US Attorney's Office says Kimber spread mercury in the hospital's cafeteria because he was angry over having to pay for medical treatment.

In a statement sent to NEWS10 Albany Med said they are “pleased that the judicial system has worked, and we are grateful
for the tremendous efforts of the Albany Police Department, the NYS Police, the
FBI, the US Attorney's office, the EPA, and our own security department in
helping to bring this individual to justice.”

He is scheduled to appear in for sentencing March and could face a life sentence.

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