- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

DENVER (AP) - A hospital surgery technician accused of stealing painkiller syringes in Colorado, possibly exposing patients to HIV, plans to plead guilty.

Rocky Allen’s lawyer filed a document Wednesday in federal court in Denver notifying a judge that he plans to change his plea without a deal with prosecutors.

The move comes about a month after prosecutors announced Allen had HIV. They urged surgical patients at the Denver-area hospital where he worked to be tested.

Authorities fear Allen may have replaced fentanyl needles intended for patients with syringes he previously used, making infection possible.

The case also led to warnings to patients at hospitals where he worked in Arizona, California and Washington to be tested.

Allen’s lawyer has said he starting abusing drugs while serving as a Navy medic in Afghanistan.

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