A former Holton EMT will not go to jail for stealing morphine from vials in ambulances, the Kansas U.S. Attorney said Wednesday morning.
A judge sentenced Colby W. VanWagoner, 33 of Mayetta, to five years on federal probation. According to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister, he is also not allowed to engage in any occupation that would give him access to controlled substances without his probation officer’s approval.
The sentencing comes as expected after a guilty plea deal between the former EMT and the prosecutor. While VanWagoner was working with the Jackson County Emergency Medical Service in Holton, he admitted he replaced vials of morphine in ambulances and office stocks with saline solution. The saline vials – containing less than one percent morphine – were then placed back into narcotic boxes in ambulances and office stocks.