A former nursing assistant at the VA Medical Center in Clarksburg is set to learn her fate early next year for murdering seven veterans and trying to kill an eighth at the facility.

Reta Mays, 46, of Harrison County pleaded guilty in July in U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Clarksburg to seven counts of second-degree murder and one count of assault with the intent to commit murder.

Each second-degree murder charge carries a possible maximum penalty of life in prison. The assault charge maximum is 20 years.

During a hearing on Friday, Judge Tom Kleeh scheduled the sentencing hearing to take place over two days starting Feb. 18.

Court documents name six of the veterans Mays is accused of killing: Robert Edge Sr., Robert Kozul, Archie Edgell, George Shaw, Felix McDermott and Raymond Golden. The seventh veteran she is accused of killing is identified by initials, W.A.H. The veteran she is accused of assaulting also was identified only by initials, R.R.P. Prosecutors said that veteran died two weeks after Mays injected him with insulin.

U.S. Attorney Bill Powell previously said that Mays worked as a nursing assistant at the medical center from 2015 to 2018 and was responsible for the testing of the vitals of patients, monitoring their glucose levels and sitting with patients. A news release previously said she worked night shift and she admitted intentionally administering insulin with the intent to cause the patients' deaths.

Another status conference in the case is set for Nov. 18.

Mays is being held at the Northern Regional Jail.