Whitesburg KY

Former doctor convicted in 2nd trial


A second trial for a former eastern Kentucky doctor accused of overprescribing pain medicine has ended with a single conviction.

The Independent of Ashland reports a Lewis County jury found Fortune J. Williams guilty this month on one felony count and recommended five years in prison.

Williams was originally convicted in 2003 on four counts of unlawfully prescribing medicine and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Kentucky Supreme Court overturned that conviction in 2006 and ordered a new trial, ruling that detectives raided Williams’ medical office without a search warrant.

Williams was acquitted of three other charges during his second trial.

Williams was one of several doctors in the Appalachian region charged with illegally prescribing drugs at the height of a crackdown on black market sales of prescription painkillers.

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