Nursing home clown robber pleads guilty to armed robbery

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The West Virginia woman who robbed a nursing home at gunpoint back in May while dressed as a clown pleaded guilty this week.

Morgan Marie Mullins, 26, who was an employee at the Genesis HealthCare-owned facility Teays Valley Center nursing home at the time of the robbery, was indicted in June on six counts. Mullins pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston to armed bank robbery, interfering with commerce by threats of violence and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, the Charleston Daily Mail reported.

Mullins, who robbed the nursing home with a 9-millimeter pistol for several different kinds of painkillers, told the court that she had been addicted to the potent painkiller oxycodone for three and a half years.

After the May 2 nursing home robbery in Hurricane, WV, Mullins said she also robbed a City National Bank in West Hamlin on May 22.

The case raised concerns about healthcare workers' access to painkillers. Long-term care groups, the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration have been working on ways to allow easier ways to provide painkillers to residents without compromising safety.  

Mullins will be sentenced on Dec. 5 and faces a mandatory minimum 7-year prison term, as well as a fine of up to $750,000.