- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A former state crime lab employee has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing drugs on the job.

Stephen Palmer had admitted to stealing opiates from the crime lab, sometimes daily, for eight years.

Palmer was working as an analyst at the lab and processing criminal evidence used in court. He also acted as an expert witness for the state on drug cases.

TV station KTUU reports (http://bit.ly/1KMWiQ2) a judge handed down the sentence to 54-year-old Palmer Friday.

Prosecutors say his actions cast doubt on the individual cases he handled and tarnish the image of the crime lab. Court documents say Palmer stole heroin, morphine, oxycodone and methamphetamines.

Palmer says he deeply regrets his actions.

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Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com

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