Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Chris Benoit's personal doctor sentenced to 10 years in jail

Professional wrestler Chris Benoit's personal doctor, Phil Astin, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for illegally distributing prescription drugs to patients.

From the Associated Press:
Prosecutors said Astin prescribed painkillers and other drugs to known addicts for years. They said at least two of Astin's patients died because of his lax oversight of what medicines they were taking. However, the indictment was unclear about whether Chris Benoit, a wrestler for Stamford, Conn.-based World Wrestling Entertainment, was one of the two.

"I take full responsibility," Astin told the judge Tuesday. "I am sorry I hurt so many lives. I was thinking that I was looking after my patients."

U.S. District Judge Jack Camp said there was no doubt Astin tried to help hundreds of patients at his western Georgia clinic. But the judge said he could not overlook the fact that at least two patients died as a result of Astin's misconduct.

"The fact that two people did die outweighs other conditions that I must consider," Camp said.
A federal investigation showed several signs of misconduct on Astin's part, including writing up to four simultaneous prescriptions for Percocet to some patients and giving drugs without conducting physical exams.

Chris Benoit, as you may remember, was the wrestler who killed his wife and son before hanging himself in June of 2007.

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