A Colorado physician found guilty of prescribing narcotics for no medical purpose, was sentenced last week to 5 years in state prison.
Doctor Joel Miller, of the city of Craig, will also serve 3 years of probation after he is released, according a U.S. district attorney press release.
Miller, a doctor of osteopathy, operated a clinic called High Country Medical between 2008-2010. He was arrested in August 2013, on a 34-felony warrant. He was convicted by a federal jury last November on 6 charges of illegal narcotic distribution without a legitimate medical purpose; 1 charge of illegal narcotic distribution resulting in death, and 1 charge of providing lying on his Drug Enforcement Administration registration application. The narcotic in question was fentanyl.
Miller could have gotten a 20-year sentence. The case was presided over by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Blackburn.