Physician sentenced to life in prison for unlawfully prescribing opiates

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UPDATE: A judge has sentenced a Wichita physician to life in prison. 

The sentencing comes after Dr. Steven Henson was convicted of unlawfully distributing opioids. 

“I want this case to send a message to physicians and the health care community,” McAllister said. “Unlawfully distributing opioids and other controlled substances is a federal crime that could end a medical career and send an offender to prison.”

The family of Nicholas McGovern, one of Stephen Henson’s patients who died from drugs distributed by Henson, began crying and embracing each other after hearing the life sentence. 

The family didn’t want to speak to the media afterwards but during the sentencing several family members including McGovern’s wife and mother tearfully spoke to the court about how his death changed their lives forever. 

As one last, plea, Henson told the court he trained hard to become a physician and had one goal, to take excellent care of his patients. 

Henson was taken into custody immediately following the sentencing. 

Dr. Steven Henson will be sentenced today according to the U.S. Attorney.

Back in October, Henson was convicted of unlawfully distributing methadone and alprazolam, the use of which resulted in the death of a victim on July 24, 2015.

The doctor was also convicted of conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs outside the course of medical practice, unlawfully distributing various prescription drugs, presenting false patient records to investigators, obstruction of justice and money laundering.

Prosecutors alleged at trial that Henson wrote prescriptions in return for cash, post-dated prescriptions and wrote prescriptions without a medical need or legitimate medical exam.

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