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King George medic gets 6 months jail time for stealing painkillers from amputee

This morning, the King George medic who returned to the home of an amputee, after a rescue call, and stole her pain medicine, was sentenced to six months in prison.

Michael Brandon Garner, 44,  was a career employee with King George Fire and Rescue Service in July 2010, when the theft took place. Judge Gordon F. Willis sentenced him to seven years in jail for the three charges he faced—and pleaded guilty to in March—and suspended all but six months of the sentence.

After Garner’s appearance in King George Circuit Court, he headed straight to jail.

In a brief statement, he apologized to the victim and his family. “I’m disgusted with myself,” he said.

Two witnesses, Garner’s wife and mother-in-law, tearfully testified about the horrible mistake he made and how remorseful he was. His wife, Candy, stressed how much he’d done to change his ways and improve his life, including seeking drug counseling and attending twice-weekly meetings for drug addicts.

But as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Pollard pointed out, Garner was court-ordered to attend substance-abuse classes after a marijuana possession charge in December 2010. She asked the judge to impose a harsher sentence than the guidelines called for, because of the nature of his crime.

Pollard said that not only did Garner violate the trust that came with his position as a rescue medic, but he also left the victim, Billie Morrison, without any Percocet painkiller to relieve her suffering after her leg was amputated.

Read more about Garner’s case in tomorrow’s Free Lance–Star.


  • Rufus`

    All these cases lately involving local fire and rescue people will make everyone reluctant to dial 911 when they have an emergency. The rescue squads and fire houses will be empty if they keep having cases like this.
    This was mishandled, as an addict should be medically treated and not jailed.

  • MM

    There isn’t one thing out there that will make people reluctant to call 911 – especially the ones that abuse the service.