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RaDonda Vaught will serve no prison time after 2017 drug error death

RaDonda Vaught apologizes to the family of Charlene Murphey during her sentencing in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, May 13, 2022. Vaught was found guilty in March of criminally negligent homicide and gross neglect of an impaired adult after she accidentally administered the wrong medication. (Nicole Hester/The Tennessean via AP, Pool) Nicole Hester/AP

RaDonda Vaught will serve no prison time after 2017 drug error death

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A Tennessee woman and former Vanderbilt nurse convicted of criminally negligent homicide and abuse of an impaired adult will not serve any prison time.

RaDonda Vaguht was convicted on March 25 in the death of a 74-year-old patient, Charlene Murphey, after a 2017 incident in which she administered a fatal dose of the wrong medication. Rather than spending years in prison, Vaught will serve a three-year probationary period as granted by a judge, according to a report.

Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Jennifer Smith granted Vaught the judicial diversion Friday and rejected the prosecutor’s argument for an enhanced sentence, the report noted.


Vaught accepted her responsibility and role in the death, Smith said.

The former nurse will be granted the opportunity to see her convictions dismissed upon the completion of her probationary period, according to the report.

Outside the courthouse, people cheered when the diversion was granted, the report noted.

“I want to assure the Murphey family that the court is deeply sorry for their loss,” Smith said. “Going forward, I hope [this case] prevents this type of situation from happening again.”

Vaught was emotional upon Smith’s decision and said she remembers Murphey every day.

“I will never, ever forget my role in this. I don’t know what else to say that would make anything different. I am very sorry for what happened,” Vaught said.


“I have lost far more than just my nursing license and my career. I will never be the same. When Miss Murphey died, a part of me died with her, and sadly, it was too late to change her outcome when I made my mistake.”

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