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BEND, OR -- A federal judge, Monday, sentenced a former State Police crime lab scientist to three years in prison for stealing drugs submitted to the lab as evidence. 

 

Nika Larsen worked in the Bend lab. The investigation into her crimes prompted the re-evaluation of thousands of cases. More than 150 convictions or charges were dropped due to Larsen. 

 

According to her plea deal, Larsen was an addict for a year prior to her arrest. She’ll face 250 hours of community service while on supervised release after her prison term. 
 
The 36-year-old Larsen was ordered to report to federal prison February 4. 

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