Fifty-four-year-old Sherry West wept as Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced her to five to 10 years in prison. In 2009, West was convicted for overdosing an abortion patient, Karnamaya Mongar, 41 with Demerol during an abortion at Kermit Gosnell's Women's Medical Society clinic.
It might have been out of fear, or she just did not want to get caught, but West also lied about what happened and destroyed Mongar's medical record — something she later admitted to doing.
“[I] treated patients like family and I didn’t mean to do anything wrong,” West said, according to CBS News Philly.
She also agreed to testify against the physician, Kermit Gosnell, convicted of murdering three newborns. And she also provided testimony in the 2013 hearings regarding Gosnell saying that she heard a baby cry and it “really freaked [her] out”, LifeNews.com reported.
Since she has been in prison since the clinic was first raided, time served will be applied. Gosnell, on the other hand, is serving three consecutive life terms for his illegal late-term abortions.
Late-term abortions are defined as abortions that are after the 20th week of gestation. In 1998, the Guttmacher Institute estimated the number of abortions in the U.S. past 24 weeks to be 0.08 percent, or approximately 1,032 per year.
West was one of nine Gosnell workers charged in connection with the operation of his Women's Medical Society clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. All pleaded guilty and two await sentencing, CBS News Philly reported.