updated 2/24/2010 8:25:10 PM ET 2010-02-25T01:25:10

A 27-year-old Colorado surgery technician who infected three dozen people with hepatitis C has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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Kristen Diane Parker received the sentence Wednesday in federal court in Denver after pleading guilty to some of the charges in the case.

Prosecutors had previously recommended that Parker get 20 years in prison, but a judge rejected the plea agreement. Some of the victims said it was not enough time.

Parker had worked at the Rose Medical Center in Denver and the Audubon Surgery Center in Colorado Springs.

She infected the patients after she injected herself with painkiller-filled syringes and replaced them with ones filled with saline.

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