Utah doctor guilty in death of scientist

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A jury in Salt Lake City has found a Utah doctor guilty in the death of a scientist to whom he illegally prescribed painkillers. Sixty-four-year-old Dewey C. MacKay was convicted Thursday of a total of 40 out of 86 charges related to illegally prescribing millions of painkillers. The Brigham City doctor is facing a mandatory 20 years in prison when he is formally sentenced. Mackay was accused of selling drugs for financial gain after he no longer could work as an orthopedic surgeon. Defense lawyers had argued that MacKay tried to ease the chronic pain of his patients, many of whom are now being treated by other doctors with similar regimens.

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