ALBANY, N.Y. - The U.S. Attorney's Office says a man convicted of purposely spreading toxic mercury throughout Albany Medical Center has been sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday.
Martin Kimber, 60, a retired pharmacist from Ruby, NY, pleaded guilty in November 2012 to spreading mercury, a potentially fatal neurotoxin, on four different occasions throughout various areas of the Albany Medical Center in ways which could lead to inhalation or absorption of the mercury, to retaliate for what he thought were unfair hospital bills.
Kimber has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, five years supervised release, forfeiture of his home and car which were used to store the mercury, and $200,450.48 in restitution to the Albany Medical Center following his guilty plea to using a toxic chemical mercury as a weapon, and tampering with consumer products.
He admitted to disposing liquid mercury throughout the hospital on March 28, 2011, April 11, 2011, June 23, 2011 and March 2, 2012 in order to "to cause panic at the hospital leading to the closing down of the facility by causing a loss of business when people became fearful of gaining treatment and eating there."
Kimber was supposedly angry at medical bills received after getting treatment at the hospital in 2010.
The FBI searched his home in March 2012 finding two canisters of mercury, one stored in his car and the other stored in his house. An FBI search of his computer showed that he engaged in searches at sites where more mercury could be purchased. He was eventually arrested in April 2012.
Mercury is a well-documented hazardous substance that can kill human nerve cells. Mercury is readily absorbed through unbroken skin. Inhalation and other forms of absorption can lead to death, brain and lung damage, impairment of speech, constriction of the visual field, hearing loss and somatosensory change, and other serious bodily injuries. Having been a licensed pharmacist for 36 years, Kimber well understood these dangers, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.