Doctor pleads guilty to distributing OxyContin

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) -- A former emergency room doctor from New Wilmington pleaded guilty to illegally distributing the painkiller OxyContin.
Leon Egleston, 60, pleaded guilty Friday in Beaver County Court to illegal distribution of OxyContin, criminal conspiracy and racketeering.
Judge John McBride sentenced Egleston to three to 20 years in prison and banned him from practicing medicine for 20 years.
Prosecutors said Egleston, who worked at Aliquippa Community Hospital, wrote hundreds of fraudulent OxyContin prescriptions, charging up to 2,000 for each.
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