Mays faces up to life in prison for each of seven counts of second-degree murder.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP/KDKA) — Sentencing is set for Reta Mays, the former nursing assistant who admitted to killing seven elderly veterans with fatal doses of insulin at a West Virginia hospital.

What remains a mystery is what provoked Reta Mays to commit the crimes.

Mays pleaded guilty last year to intentionally killing the patients with wrongful insulin injections at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.

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She faces up to life in prison for each of seven counts of second-degree murder when she’s sentenced Tuesday.

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Mays admitted to injecting the veterans with unprescribed insulin while she worked overnight shifts at the northern West Virginia hospital between 2017 and 2018.

One of the victims was retired Army Sergeant Felix McDermott, originally of Westmoreland County.

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