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No-contest plea, probation sentence in 2013 VA patient death

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A man who worked as a nursing assistant at a veterans' hospital in Louisiana has pleaded no contest to a negligent homicide charge in a patient's 2013 death.

Fifty-six-year-old Fredrick Kevin Harris entered the plea Wednesday in Alexandria. Rapides (rap-EEDS') Parish Assistant District Attorney Brian Mosley said Harris was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $1,000.

The plea means Harris, while not admitting guilt, stands convicted in the death of 70-year-old Charles Johnson.

Prosecutors said Johnson died after an altercation with Harris in March 2013 at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Pineville.

Hospital officials first called it an accident. But, an autopsy led to a criminal investigation. Harris was arrested in December 2013.

The case drew national attention as scandal erupted over chronic delays for veterans seeking care.

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